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Topkapi Palace

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Sultanahmet
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul and 24 other guides
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Address: | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
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+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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I visited the palace on a very windy, drizzling wintery afternoon, not very good setup to visit this place. Still, the palace has so much to offer in terms of knowledge and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the palace on a very windy, drizzling wintery afternoon, not very good setup to visit this place. Still, the palace has so much to offer in terms of knowledge and history that it took us 3+ hours to see all the things inside this museum. It has grand palace, a great story and very beautiful art all over.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Topkapi palace is next to Agia sophia and blue mosque.i would suggest visiters not to visit turkey in the last week of december as it could rainy or snowy to spoil the trip.October is a good month for visiting turkey as hotel prices go down and weather is fine.our visit to Topkapi palace was difficult because of rain .going from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Topkapi Palace, former home of the Ottoman Sultans of old, is now a museum and a fantastic opportunity to learn a lot of world history. I have to admit, it’s not a history as familiar to me as that of Egypt, Israel, Europe or the USA. For that reason I really enjoyed seeing the Palace grounds and the many... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Istanbul is a wonderful city and really should be in anyones top 10 places to visit. The evolution of an empire is right in front of you in this wonderful palace. The birth of the Ottoman empire through the succession of the various Sultans and their own impact to the residential quarters just adds to the beauty of this place.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family & I were in Istanbul from the 8th to the 15th of January.We visited the Topkapi Museum on a wintry Wednesday morning.It was a great experience to see all the relics & pieces of ancient times.Being a Muslim it was really moving & a wonderful experience to see all our blessed Prophet Muhammad's (may peace be upon him)... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting palace for people who are traveling for cultural tourism. Great collection of items and clothes of the sultans and their families

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wont say a must visit site but you wont be disappointed either..the paintings/art on the walls are quite intricate and people with taste for those are sure to love it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The original palace of the ottomans for centuries, it is a beautiful site with beautiful gardens but i would suggest that you see the weather before going as you will be outside most of the time. Also, the view of Bosphorus from the palace is actually breathtaking. P.S.- Topkapi, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilca Cistern, and Grand Bazaar are all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A grand building which shows the power Ottoman Empire had in their days. An Islamic museum which contains belonging of Prophet Muhammed PBUH, and Muslim holy relics. Make sure you have comfortable shoes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful and very educational- this is a full day activity and I regret not spending more time here. The palace is divided into multiple areas such as the ottoman lifestyle section (with their jewelry, clothes etc- AMAZING collection, stuff that people have probably not even dreamed about!!!), Islamic section (my personal favorite!!! It has swords and memorabilia from the caliphate... 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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