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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
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Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed today via mobile

The history in the topkapi palace is so interesting. The buildings where stunning, you could get a feel of life in the past.. Is a good few hours to see and take in all the history.. beautiful Mind the restaurant is expensive, four turkish teas...More

Thank sussieuk
Reviewed today via mobile

This place close to Ayasofya by walk only 5 minutes, you pay to pay for entrance fee but I recommend to buy museum-pass which cost 525 lira and use it for 5 days in Istanbul.

Thank Luachan
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful palace we were around here about two hours taking photos and listening to the guide about its history. Design of building and the interior is lovely. Given free time and walked all around the outside with cafe bars and shops.

Thank k4zdh
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The palace is super huge and amazing how it was built and preserved by the ottoman sultans. The visit is highly recommended and to skip all the lines make sure that you go with a guide as the waiting period could be very long.

Thank Mahmoud E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The guide had a PhD in history and bachelors in political science PS he did waste a lot of our time at the end trying for us to buy carpets, so beware!! I am a history buff myself so I and my entire family 4...More

Thank Sharick_VA
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The lines can get really long but fortunately we purchased the museum card for TL125 at the Hagia Sophia which we could use at Topkapi Palace to enter so we did not need to stand in the long queue to purchase tickets. The museum card...More

Thank NabeelaS26
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Gets crowded but once you are inside the complex you can explore at your own pace. We have a private tour guide which made all the difference. We enjoyed the tour. Not as Grand as other European palaces but nice to get a glimpse of...More

Thank CRL12377
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We made the mistake of visiting here on a public holiday of Eid/Bayram! It was hell! I have never seen so many people in one place! And the queue. Luckily we had a street vendor offer to get us in without a queue if we...More

Thank Celia-Jane U
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a week long holiday in Turkey and we got caught up in huge crowds every where. When we arrived at Topkapi Palace, the queue for the tickets (40TL) were really long and at least a couple hundred of people are in the queue....More

Thank Mei T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Another palace to see.it is beautiful all decorated with beautiful turkish tiles. the most beautiful part is the view from the cafe the view is just breathtaking.the view of bosphorous sea from the topkapi palace is just serene.

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Marie H
3 September 2018|
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Response from Youcef C | Reviewed this property |
I believe the vending machines only sell the museum pass. To make things simple, arrive before 10am at Topkapi and buy your tickets. I recommend buying the harem tickets and visiting it first. At peak hours there is a... More
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AsmaP19
14 July 2018|
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Response from Husna M | Reviewed this property |
Holy relics?? You mean the swords during prophet time? Or moses staff? And keys of the kaa'ba? It's separate, it's like deeper inside
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Taha S
17 June 2018|
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Response from Hassane2304 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I was there 2 months ago and it costs 90 turkish lira per person ( 60 lira for "Salamlek" and you pay another 30 liras later to access "the Haramlek"). If you want the audio guide you pay more 30 turkish lira.
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