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Topkapi Palace

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Sultanahmet
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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 4422
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for...

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.

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Take the tour with a guide, this way it would be more enjoyable. There are watches gallery, jewelry &armors gallery and some artifacts belongs to Islamic history. This is one of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Take the tour with a guide, this way it would be more enjoyable. There are watches gallery, jewelry &armors gallery and some artifacts belongs to Islamic history. This is one of the top 4 attractions in Istanbul in my opinion. Scenic view is from the cafe at the end where must see gorgeous skyline.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One can see the infamous sword and bow that belonged to the Prophet, PBU. Also the luxury of the sultan's in the palace itself. Nice souvenir shop with the palace

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

TopKapi is more than a palace: it is a sprawling area, a complex of several buildings, courtyards and gardens. Located on the acropolis, this settlement Istanbul offers an impressive view over the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. The palace is a really complex surrounded by 5 km of walls and occupies an area of 700,000 square meters.We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another very historic and antic place to visit. Any body who like history should visit this palace. Especially, the Muslims must visit the Islamic museum here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a very good experience. The architecture was grand and beautiful. The location of the palace was very good, and very well maintained. It's a good place for a family visit. One could walk freely about the place and enjoy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although I wasn't blown away by it, the history, decoration, and layout made it worth going. This; however, will not be the highlight of your trip to Sultanahmet. The biggest disappointment was the Harem is extra.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really love this place Kids were very excited to see belongings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) strictly camera free zone though

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The palace of top kapi is overwhelming.I loved the audio guide that explains every site ..also the Bosphur overview from the palace is unforgettable.The only thing that is not appreciated is why do we have to pay for the palace separately from the harem and hagia irene? Although they are all located in the same zone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Topkapi palace is in the old european side of town next to all the other main tourist attractions of the city. the entry fee of 40TL gets you into the main palace and surrounding gardens. Quite a beautiful sight to see. There is a terrace of sorts from which you can check out the bosphorus strait in the distance. Quite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best & most popular sites in Istanbul. Has a magnificent location & view over the sea . Need a lot of time with lots to see. Hundreds of historically significant artifact which must be priceless. The mind boggles with the type of organisational heirachy that was required to run this palace centuries ago. The kitchen alone had... More 

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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