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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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Home to sultans for centuries, Topkapi Palace is a World Heritage Site with a rich history and superb Ottoman architecture. Built by Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century, the enormous palace's courtyards and buildings were, at one time, home to almost 4,000 people. Though much of the site is off limits to tourists, one of the highlights you can access is its highly ornate harem, with an intriguing history and notable interiors. Though royalty later moved to European-style residences along the Bosphorus, this palace is important for being truly Ottoman in spirit and design. Using our custom trip planner, Istanbul attractions like Topkapi Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Simply amazing, beautiful. I went at opening time at 9, so happy I did. Toured the kitchens first which meant by the time i go to Harem it was empty! So nice to have the courtyard and some of the... 
    Simply amazing, beautiful. I went at opening time at 9, so happy I did. Toured the kitchens first which meant by the time i go to Harem it was empty! So nice to have the courtyard and some of the...  more »
  • My third time visiting Topkapi Palace, it never gets hold. The rich history and historical items. For me, the best part is the items that belong to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), his companions, and some... 
    My third time visiting Topkapi Palace, it never gets hold. The rich history and historical items. For me, the best part is the items that belong to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), his companions, and some...  more »
  • An opulent Palace and seat of power for many Ottoman Sultans . The Palace housed 4,000 people ..Sultans , wives , children, concubines, and Eunuchs lived between the 15-19 th centuries. This Palace... 
    An opulent Palace and seat of power for many Ottoman Sultans . The Palace housed 4,000 people ..Sultans , wives , children, concubines, and Eunuchs lived between the 15-19 th centuries. This Palace...  more »
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  • If you love all things history then this place is a must. They offer Tours and also Audio Guides that you can use on your own. Definitely worth the experience. I couldn’t take many pictures due to the no camera policy (although some people still did) but I’m happy about that as I was able to live in the moment which is rare nowadays.
  • The Palace was interesting however be aware that you need to give your passport/national ID or personal ID for the headphones if you want the audio. Not all areas open as there is extensive restoration work. But a good way to spend a couple of hours and the grounds are lovely. Couple of cafes to sit and people watch.
  • Go to this place as early as you can be. Lines can be long and there are always student groups during the day. Bring some cash if you want to get self-guided recordings. Although it's technically free, they want you to leave some money or documents (passports or ID) if you borrow the recording. Even better, if you can get yourself some guide to explain to you about the place. As this building rich of history, there are so many stories guides certainly helpful.
  • Loved this place! So clean and full of history. So well maintained. Such great collection of battle swords. The ones from Hungary were so big. I wonder how do people used those swords in that time. Photography is not allowed 🚫 inside the museums. Great lawns and great view of sea.
  • An historical and not so well looked after old Palace of the Ottoman Emperors it offers a fascinating insight into the turbulent history! Unfortunately most of the displays, furniture, ornaments and jewels look dusty and need a good clean. The diamonds and jewels could also do with a good polish to bring out the shine!

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