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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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#2 of 496 in Museums in Turkey
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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  • We visited with our family. I liked the architecture and the history of the palace, however, I was not impressed with the presentation. Almost, all of the rooms were empty without any artifacts. Coupl...  more »
  • The Topkapi Palace buildings covers a large area. Visited early and went straight to the Harem. We were able to go straight in and walk around almost on our own. We spent a whole morning here. Unfortu...  more »
  • Beyond architecture and gardens that surround the place make us hyperventilate. The religious reliquiad make the place a point of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims.
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  • The buildings are interesting. The yard is vast and beautiful. When you go from one building to another you can enjoy reading the stones if you know ottoman Turkish, or you can sit under a tree to take a rest. It takes five hours to sea all the museum. At the end of the day your legs will be so tired. The museums are full of gifts of England, France, Italy and other countries. The jewellery is fantastic. The clocks, crowns, guns, swords are amazing!!
  • The gardens, rooms and views from the palace are amazing. I personally did not enjoy the visit because it was too hot and the were too many lines. So check the weather before you go and make sure to go early to get ahead of all the lines. And wear comfy shoes because the floors are stone and marble.
  • A huge palace with a great old design and lots of different parts and similar rooms which make you a bit confused. It seems that there are usually some programs and martial arts related to the past which help you become much more familiar with Turkey's past and its culture. To see the whole palace you have to buy two different kinds of ticket and spend at least 2 hours there. I think the problem about such a place is that the staffs can not really help you if you have any questions or problems because they don't know English language!!!!!!
  • Of course this place is amazing. Since it is opened for tourists it's one of the world most famous palace museum, so if you are in Turkey this is a must see. The architecture, the old things inside, the harem, the sultan's watch collection there is simply too much things to just list it. Worth the money, come inside, check the incredible style and elegance of the royal family of Turkey.
  • Great place to spend a day. Lots of travelers so be prepared for lines to enter and at many of the more popular exhibits. If you are a lady traveler, be aware that if your shoulders, knees and hair are not covered you may be asked to cover up before entering an exhibition with religious artifacts.
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