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“Needs an entire day”
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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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 26 August 2014

We would've loved to explore every nook and cranny, but due to time constraints, we could only power through a few of the exhibits. Seeing everything would take the better part of a day. I would advise getting there early to avoid long queues for entrance, jewels rooms, and sacred artifacts exhibit. The museum pass lets you bypass the entrance line and now includes entry to the harem. The harem, for me, was the most interesting and far less crowded.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Topkapi Palace most amazing attraction are the gardens, expansive campus, and the illustrious Treasury, where you can see the world's biggest DIAMOND behind strongly guarded glass (!) it's absolutely gorgeous, all the jewels, and the Harem is lovely too. If you want to see a real 'Palace' however, you MUST visit Dolmabahce Palace and Ciragan Palace. You won't regret it :)

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

To gain an understanding of Turkish history and the Ottoman Empire, Topkai Palace is a must. We went in an organised tour group and only scratched the surface. Allow at least half a day to even begin to get a decent view of this palace.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

You can get a glimpse into the luxorious life led by the Ottoman Sultans and their families by visiting Topkapi. To see the whole palace properly you need at least half a day and preferable a whole day. Plenty of green areas and sitting areas inside the palace to relax. Also there are great views of the Bosphorus from parts of the palace.

1  Thank Alim U
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

This is a must on any visit to Istanbul. The palace where the Sultans of Turkey ruled the Ottoman Empire-the biggest ever- for five hundred years. See they clothes, their jewels, treasures of all sorts which came from all over the world. Do pay a visit to the Harem. If you read a bit of the history prior to going it helps you to really understand the history that you are seeing. The Lords of the Golden Horns is a book by Anthony Barber which make still be available. Wonderful place.

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