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“Overwhelming”
Review of Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace
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US$50.52*
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Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Ceramics...
Ranked #7 of 1,115 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.
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Fortunately managed to get a ticket with ease as the queues were extremely long. Needed to spend hours seeing everything but just did a superficial tour and that took 2 hours. Lots of restoration is bringing back all the glory of the past.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

A lot of people at this one. The queue for the treasury - where the jewellery etc is housed- was very very long. I wasnt in the mood to line up so we did not see that part. Its remarkably well preserved and a very interesting history lesson - we also went to the Harem. - which costs extra but really good because you get sn understanding of how it all worked. We were told 4 hours would be needed for visiting here, that is true if tiu queue for everything because i would say 2 hours for lining up.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

How do you describe this fabulous palace in a few paragraphs. You can't and do justice to all that comprises it. It's a must-see for visitors to Istanbul who have an interest in the Ottoman Emperors and their fabulous lifestyle.

You enter the huge palace grounds through the beautiful Imperial Gate, and then then proceed through a series of courtyards, each entered through it's own impressive gate, finally reaching the Sultan's private area. There are many internal buildings in the courtyards running from lowly kitchens and guard dormitories to a mosque, ornate reception rooms, a harem and a treasury with imperial riches, including a huge diamond. The setting for all of this is on a promontory overlooking the Bosporus.

Early is the word: If at all possible, go early in the season. It is already getting mobbed in May. But whenever you go, go early in the morning before the crowds begin to swell.

When you manage to fight through the crowds to the fourth courtyard, you will find that there is a terrace restaurant overlooking the Bosporus where you can enjoy a refreshment while taking in a beautiful view.

Thank practans
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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

This is my first stop when i was in istanbul. And this place leaves really nice first impression for me. You will see beautiful and antique building with the gardens. and you can enjoy the view of bosphorus with a cup of tea

Thank Rachma S
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We spent two full afternoons here, there was so much to see. Avoid the crowds by going later - by late afternoon, especially on a weekday, the place really empties out and you can see so much more. The Harem can feel quite claustrophobic when it gets too crowded, and some rooms can be quite dark (there was a big thunder storm when we were there which didn't help). An audio guide would probably be helpful in the Harem, as otherwise it can feel rather like "yet another room full of mosaics", if you don't know what went on there. The views over Istanbul and the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from the Pavilions are wonderful.

Thank Loughrigg1
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