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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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#2 of 451 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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  • The visit went very well the Palace is huge and beautiful. See if you go to Istanbul. Please give at least 3 hours.
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  • Nice to see but nothing special, there are beautiful parks. A huge crowd is waiting half an hour for the min card. There's a nice War Museum
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  • Along all ads around this place, it's not that much interesting as I imagine! a very old building with some rooms in which U may find some texture to see or even nothing! there is a museum there where...  more »
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  • It's an interesting museum in that it's a huge palace whose rooms they've converted into mini exhibits. But the admission process was SO poorly managed--for a site that's regularly visited by thousands, you'd think they'd have a better system. It was all pushing and shoving. And once you got inside, there isn't a clear pathway of how to see the museum. The rooms are sporadically on the way. It would have been way better managed if admissions was a controlled line, and each person was given a detailed brochure with the museum layout and places to see things. Furthermore, pictures weren't allowed inside the exhibits at all and this was strictly enforced by their guards everywhere. Overall, the items in the the museum were cool and the palace is beautiful, but its management need improvement.
  • Amazing place to visit. Lots of things you can see and experience. You need 3-4 hours for it. The queues are very long, but there is a local guy who sold us the tickets for couple of euros more so we didnt need to wait hours in the line. Wonderful lounges and summer houses with divans, kitchens where they cooked for 3000, 4000people, clocks, weapons, great views... so many things to see. Definitely worth it. We were very exhausted after it but very happy.
  • You must go here to experience the lifestyle of Sultans. This is a beautiful place. However, visitors go here to see the gems, swords, and other things of important personalities. You can look at Prophet Muhammad's personal items here, which include his swords, beard hair, tooth box etc. You will also see the famous stick of a prophet, which became a snake. This is a must see really.
  • Not 5 because of the admission process. Other than that. I highly recommend visiting this place except when there is maintenance work going on. You will actually see their personal belongings like clothes, kitchen tools, jewellery and more. I advise you to take the audio guide very helpful and informative.
  • Brilliant place!! Sacred relics section was amazing! However, take the credit card with you to buy tickets thru the machine or it will take approximately an hour for you to buy ticket via cash because of rush and huge waiting line! Remember, if you have a wheelchair with you, the area around Topkapi is is built on inclined road. So it is very difficult to move the wheelchair towards the entrance of the museum.
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