The second most impressive palace in Istanbul, and that is saying something. The chandeliers range between one ton and four tons, and are mind-boggling, as are the carpets. But it is the location along the Bosporus that kept surprising me: many of the "small" rooms have open windows and views along the water. Wow. There are two separate tours. If you can, take both tours (only one tour is allowed after 3pm because of time restraints). The ceremonial side is probably a bit better than the harem tour, but both are worth the time. It took us about 2 hours for both tours. The grounds are beautiful as well.
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