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Topkapi Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a must see place for anyone going to Istanbul...they made a film about stealing the dagger with the precious stones in it. The location overlooking the Bosphorous is exceptional ...and you can visit the Harem ,,,,all very interesting and historic.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Topkapi Palace deserves at least half of a day to spend time soaking in the history and understanding the way of life it represents. You will enter through four gates, each guarding an area that has a specific function in the day-to-day life at the time. When you arrive at the inner most area you will encounter a museum containing important religious relics for the three great religions - the staff of Moses, the sword of Muhammad, and the skull of John the Baptist.
Once you have viewed the museum areas, the cafe overlooking the sea is quite charming. There are also numerous locations for wonderful pictures with Istanbul spread out behind you.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is one of the main attractions in Istanbul and historically very important. But the quality of the visit depends very much on the quality of the guide: choose a good personal guide, who's speaks your language (whatever) fluently. You even better take the same good guide for all the main attractions in the old town.
We made a deal with one guide for Topkapi (expensive !!) but at the entrance he told us his brother would take over for the visitors tour. But unfortunally we had to find out that his english and knowledge wer very poor, so the visit was ruined!
The Topkapi palace itself is big but except some parts of the harem (lots of restaurations going on) not the finest Ottoman architecture and decoration. The Alhambra in Granada (Spain) is much nicer. I did like the weaponry and jewellery exposition.

1  Thank stefaan v
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Completed in 1473, it was the center of administration and residence of dynasty in Istanbul, the capital city of the Ottoman empire. It's location is between the sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus river, a beautiful location on the water. This palace mimics those that you will see in France, but with a Turkish spin on it. A fascinating palace in Istanbul, worth the wait in line and taking a tour.

Thank Sara C
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Give yourself a few hours to enjoy this palace and harem. Get the museum pass at ur hotel so you can bypass the lines here and at H Sophia

Beauty of palace and the tile work in the different rooms are beautiful. Seeing the diamonds jewels plus ruby and emerald decorated clothes swords and dishes surpasses England's jewels

Also had relics from Moses, David and John the Baptist which may or may not be authentic but fascinating never the less.

Thank skatermom59
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