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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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. A visit to Topkapi Palace represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Istanbul trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This domain speaks for itself. A Sultan's residence filled with splendour. From original Turkish items to gifts from other countries all describe the way of life of the various rulers of Turkey. This ...  read more »
  • Would recommend visiting on sunny dry day to enjoy and make the most of the beautiful scenery, lovely café to relax and enjoy views. Suitable for the whole family but do bare in mind entails lots of w...  read more »
  • The visit to the harem was redecorating the Department earlier. Especially that we went to. But all we visited the Palace again. is one of the important which must be visited in Istanbul. Likely to be hungry on exit so I think the Sultan duwayne uğranmalı.
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  • Prices are a little high, and seeing both the palace and the harem will run you 40TL and 20TL together. But if you can swing it, it's pretty amazing to see something built shortly after the conquering of Constantinople. The architecture and art is completely gorgeous, and the setting is peaceful and tranquil. And the artifacts onsite are pretty incredible. Gems and diamonds that would make Tiffany's blush. Check it out. But in my opinion, skip the harem. It's pretty dull and relatively unkempt unlike the rest of the facility.
  • Most amazing part of Istanbul Recommend to have guide or audio guide for around 20TL , Listen carefully to each record In addition it contains very valuable items for prophet Mohammad peace upon him and a lot of other items for sahaba Excellent palace and must see
  • Plan to stay here for a long time. It's a huge place. You'll tire yourself out if you try to do it too quick. Its all walking. You might also miss some nice areas. This is a must visit location.
  • Fabulous Palace set in beautiful gardens. Full of history, a must visit attraction if you visit this great city. Situated in Sultanahmet right next to Aya Sofia. Entrance fee is a bit on the steep side. I paid extra to visit the Harem which was interesting but I don't think I got any extra value out of the additional fee. I believe that they should really combine the entrance fee with the main Topkapi Palace entrance fee. There is part of the Palace that contains a museum with Islamic artefacts but I wonder how could anyone be certain that some of these artefacts are genuine? E.g. there is an exhibit saying an ancient looking skinny stick is the staff of the Prophet Moses. Really?
  • Must see museum after Hagia sophia. Takes at least half a day if you are a glancer. If you like to tKe time reading and observing it certainly will occupy you for a day or more. Contains an amazing treasury which consists of many religious and crown items. Part of a pilgrimmige for many people to come and visit the Prophets quarter. There you will hear Quaran being recited continously for more than 600 years. There is a shift for imams to chant here no matter what happens in Turkey. Some of the biggest diamonds and jewelery can be seen at the crown quarter. Amazing palace. Harem which had been dedicated to females is a seperate but also another must see location of the palace. There is a cafeteria witha womderful view of the bosphorous. You can rest there.
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