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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.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“holy relics” (134 reviews)
“harem area” (119 reviews)
“ottoman empire” (645 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 yesterday

My second time to visit this palace. Vast area to wander around. To many buildings that still in progress for restoration. I have more interest in history about this palace instead of the site. But have a beautiful sight over Bosporus.

Thank Mige H
Reviewed yesterday

We saw only a fraction of the palace even though we spent quite a long time going through the different courtyards and chambers. All of it is steeped in history and very beautiful.

Thank michaeljscholtes
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Crowds can detract from this wonderful site, and some areas are masked/scaffolded as restoration continues, but the palace is so big and varied that you can find a moment and corner to connect with this lush piece of history. Harem quarters cost extra to visit,...More

Thank Lily G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Definitely visit, but be aware that a large portion of the palace is currently being restored when evaluating the worth of the ticket price. Still a lot to see though

Thank FionaR88
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great palace - fantastic architecture and nature. Some parts have to be reconstructed but even with that minus it is a must see place for everyone with a bit interest in history. You can also try delicious sweets in a coffee shop within :-)

Thank ivanmirk
Reviewed 2 days ago

Grand Old place, worth taking your time, you'll need a fair bit of it to appreciate it properly.It is a large complex with many building with deep and intricate history. I would strongly recommend reading up on it (even if it is a wikipedia page)...More

Thank S C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a taxi to Topkapi and not an organized tour. I'd recommend this approach, but plan to spend at least half a day. There are hundreds of displays of one-of-a-kind items that were gifts to the Sultans. There are also items that are of...More

Thank kandy218
Reviewed 2 days ago

Of all the tourist places we visited on our recent trip to Turkey, this was the one we could have skipped.

Thank burls1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Home of Ottoman Empire rules, it's a definitely a must see place while visiting Istanbul. Very well maintained (although some exhibitions lack in depth written explanation), this palace gives an insight into life and whereabouts of Turkish sultans. Worth spending around 2 hours or so.

Thank Mr_Nobody_1979
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the many amazing places that you can see when visiting the Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul , it is next to Ayasofiya and opposite of the Blue Mosque , this Palace is in deed the most amazing place to visit where you...More

Thank shaker911
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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Dina N
14 September 2017|
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Response from Ali A | Reviewed this property |
You can buy the tickets before you enter.. you need either Turkish lira Or credit cards ( visa - master ) Amex is not accepted in most of locations there ..
16 August 2017|
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Response from Rachel E | Reviewed this property |
Grand Bazaar is a walk up the road of the main tram line one from Topkapi Palace. Not really far at all. May be 1/2 mile. Everything worth seeing is really close in Sultanahmet square area and then Dolmabache Palace is a Big... More
sana K
29 June 2017|
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Response from dagNicosia | Reviewed this property |
I went in March and you can pay at the gate for one visit (45tl, I think), or you can buy a ticket for 85tl which lets you into several of the most visited sites. The ticket lasts 5 days. You will see a cheaper version (50... More