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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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  • I have been to Topkapi Palace few times, since I have been to Istanbul many times. This time I hired a guide to show us here, and I see a huge difference with guide! I was amazed with the history of.....  more »
  • The palace is full of interesting things to check and learn from. Also, it has beautiful views so you can get very nice pictures in here.  more »
  • I didn't realize how expansive the grounds were until we walked in. You enter through the imperial gate right next to the Hagia Sofia and you can't tell how massive the grounds are until after you...  more »
  • The best historic museum that I have been in my entire life! One of the best places to visit during your time in Istanbul. Lots of history!! It is huge and you get to see how how once the emperors of the world lived. Every tile, china, ceiling, every detail brings you to the old times. By the way, it has an absolutely fantastic view to the Marmara sea in one of the main balconies. You should see Istanbul in the eyes of the Sultan's in that balcony.
  • One of the most historic places you’ll find in Istanbul. It’s a must see for every tourist that comes to this city. Filled with history, the place needs a whole day just for itself so you can fully admire it. I suggest you buy a city pass in advance so you can skip the lines at the ticket stores. There are great offers for city passes that are even delivered to your hotel.
  • Seriously one of my favorite tourist places that I visited in Istanbul. Seeing so much Islamic history in one place was incredible. Of course my favorite exhibit was where the relics of past prophets, including Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), were stored. No pictures are allowed in that area, but that’s completely understandable due to the precious nature of the items. I was surprised to see relics from so many different prophets. It was so humbling. Everywhere you look there is beauty and opulence. Gold, marble, hand painted tiles - every angle was picturesque. The view over Istanbul was BREATHTAKING and unexpected. You can see why the sultan picked that spot for the palace! There was a lot of restoration going on at the time I went (October 2019). Many areas were off limits. Still well worth the trip! We also explored on our own without a tour guide. We enjoyed it thoroughly!
  • Historical good looking structure, for nice day spending. If you're visiting Istanbul for the first time, this is the place you should visit and have a look over there. It is totally worth it and worth your time. Never miss the chance to see what's the place is having. The beautiful architecture and design is something you won't forget for your life time.
  • A really great place to visit. The people who don't like to visit historical places, should go and check this site. I am sure, they will surely love it. The architecture is awesome. Trust me, you can spend a day over their. The entrance fee is minimal and worth watching. Dont wait, go and check it out.

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