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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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  • Great Palace. It is recommended for all attractions early to be, otherwise you will be besieged by so many Asians arriving by buses. Get everything clean and great. It has annoyed me only to make as well as any pictures. It is noticed that meticulously. You can talk of luck if you have to delete the images only, some were expelled of the Palace during our stay.
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  • Huge and beautiful Palace! With some points of the Palace Hotel have a beautiful view of the business city centre, Jeminunu, where is The Galata Tower. The territory is very large. To visit the Palace takes a long time. There is a café. Possible entrance to the Museum's map.
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  • It's beautiful, but it is very high, which makes it difficult to walk, but it's nice when it comes to Istanbul for moisture
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  • Very interesting palace. Somewhere not to miss when you are going in Istanbul. You can feel the greatness and ambitions of The Mehmed the conqueror and all the rooms are very luxurious and large. There is also a display of the old jewels and items used at the time. The entry is not free but it has a large garden to rest if needed. IT is better to come out of the season otherwise you might queue for hours !
  • The most important site to visit in Istanbul. Buy the multi museum pass beforehand to save money if you will visit at least one other site on the list but also to save time in the loooong ticket line there. Get there early to avoid some of the crowds. Avoid Turkish holidays and weekends where locals would add to the size of the crowds in Mass. This site needs at least 3 hours to savor fully. But more is recommended.
  • A huge tourist attraction, you will need up to half day to make the most of your visit. The place is rich with history, and the setup is very informative in English, Turkish and Arabic. They also provide an audio guide which is well worth it. There are also good views and seating areas around the entire palace. There is a cafeteria were you can get refreshments.
  • It is very interesting place! Huge! Many interesting details. Maps and signs are good, well secured place. Although part of it on renovation(end of October), still so much you can see. Only queue to the ticket office was for about 20 minutes. And please - chargers!
  • Huge museum..... be ready for immense tour full of history, fascination, aesthetics and astonishment. Turks certainly had great taste for beauty.. its amazing how sultan chose to sit in balcony every evening to open fast.

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Where to stay in Istanbul

The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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