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Topkapi Palace

Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“holy relics” (133 reviews)
“harem area” (118 reviews)
“ottoman empire” (639 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
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Reviewed 24 October 2014

Be prepared to walk long distances cause the palace is large. I would say that this place is considered as a history book with brilliant pictures about Ottoman imperial. All the architecture and decoration was worth visiting. The costumes, jewelries, and weapons could take us...More

Thank Iman_James
Reviewed 24 October 2014

Wonderful place that has so much to see. we concentrated on the Harem which was as good as we expected. Choose a few other areas that also did not disappoint. I don't believe any part of the wonderful palace could disappoint but one can only...More

1  Thank LucyCasey
Reviewed 23 October 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed walking around this unusual palace. A collection of buildings, not one, spread out within the grounds. Lots of information in English. It is a lot of walking so be prepared, most of it would be suitable for disabled visitors but a number of...More

Thank Angela T
Reviewed 23 October 2014

I had the chance to visit the palace early in the morning. In fact I had visited the palace few years ago, but I missed the arts, the luxury, and the amazing location of this huge palace. The Palace itself had many different sections, for...More

Thank IbizaLoveYou
Reviewed 23 October 2014

I love this palace! Its my favorite... all the rooms and details are so interesting. Some rooms are close now, but definitely worth the visit. The view are amazing too

Thank buinaba
Reviewed 23 October 2014

I expected the palace which in and of itself is beautiful and takes you back in time...part of it was also a school for chosen boys..pay the bit extra for the Harem....the surprise is that it has religious artifacts such as Moses' staff, Mohamed's hair...More

1  Thank Randye F
Reviewed 23 October 2014

I loved every bit of my visit there. My favorite was the hareem (harem). The museum holds scads of beautiful artifacts, including outrageous examples of jewelry, luxurious eating implements, and exquisite textiles. Not to be missed! :)

Thank SisterMable
Reviewed 23 October 2014

Here you will dive in history and can step on the same stones where centuries ago sultans were walking!

Thank Sweet_lana1710
Reviewed 23 October 2014

We were here on a weekday but it was still extremely crowded and some of the rooms were very stuffy due to the large number of people in small rooms. It would be good to visit after 3pm as the crowd gets less. Worth seeing...More

2  Thank cchew11
Reviewed 23 October 2014

We spent many hours there as there are so many things to visit, specially the Harem absolutely interesting and beautiful!

Thank Benedicte R
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
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16 August 2017|
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Response from Stilyana K | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 20 mins wake. I suggest a very good restaurant on the way - Medusa.
sana K
29 June 2017|
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Response from HTabbaraDrSam | Reviewed this property |
As stated before 40 liras for the palace and 25 liras for the harem. If you have limited time, skip Harem, palace is nicer, but again if no time, else do both. it is worth it.
sana K
29 June 2017|
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Response from LINChicago | Reviewed this property |
It's 40 YTL, kids under 12 free if they are not Turkish Citizens if they are, under 16 free. The guards ask you a question in Turkish to find out if they are really Turkish or not:)) Turkish citizens can get a Muze Kart for... More