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“Beautiful Palace, stunning views and well preserved” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace
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Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Tour in Istanbul Including Imperial Harem
Ranked #7 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Beautiful Palace, stunning views and well preserved”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

Saw both the palace and the "Harem". Due to tiring schedule and queues did not see all of the exhibitions. Beautiful walk up to the main palace and lovely gardens. The place is like a tardis (Dr Who)- looks much bigger from the inside and is well preserved. Again went with a guide so entrance immediate and well worth it to see history brought alive. One could spend a whole day there with a lovely picnic if you wanted to. The Harem was interesting and also the justice rooms, religious artefacts (relevant to Christian, Judaic and Islamic faiths) an we saw the armoury too.

Visited June 2012
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“Great scenary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

Dinning there if you have the chance... Nice view and relax.

Visited November 2011
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Wadhurst, United Kingdom
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“Our favourite.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

This is well worth a visit. So much to see, will have to go again sometime. Worth paying the extra 15TL to see the Harem. The opulence was amazing.

Visited June 2012
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“beware of cruise ships”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

Don't go when a cruise ship is in town...so crowded...otherwise impressive...jewels are amazing

Visited June 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Need a dagger”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

A very good stop to see the great opulence of the Ottoman Empire. I would like the dagger, but I could not get it on the airplane back home. And it was not for sale. Many treasures to see in this museum.

Visited May 2012
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