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This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey | Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 44 22
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Reviewed yesterday

This is my second time to Topkapi Palace and they are doing quite a few renovations in the harem. The collections are very interesting. The buildings, ceramic interiors, grounds and view are great.

Thank GarthM140
Reviewed yesterday

You need a whole morning or afternoon and be prepared for some walking. Best to go with a guide to explain everything. Avoid the gift shop, everything is overpriced.

Thank judsonchristopher22
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This palace bring you to the old Turkey life. The garden is really amazing! It brings you to the old days. This is one the must palace to visit.

Thank Samira V
Reviewed yesterday

This is the Sultan's ( and his harem's ) palace. A beautiful and large complex . You will need at least 2-3 hours to take it all in. If you don't care for a tour guide you can get an audio guide and I would...More

Thank radar60
Reviewed 2 days ago

My first visit was on a guided tours years ago. This time i went on my owna d hadmu h more time to explore more. So much history, lots to see and learn.

Thank Rouxanad
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Rooms and treasures on display with lots of park setting in between and great vistas of the Bosphorous and Marmora Sea.

Thank dhlc416
Reviewed 2 days ago

The highlight of Istanbul. Beautiful buildings and gardens and very interesting to learn about the history. The harem was the highlight.

Thank Gavin P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately, as we were on a guided tour we didn't get much spare time to wonder freely and appreciate the true beauty of this place. It's steeped in history and very interesting with breathtaking views over the Bosphorous too

Thank Kendall J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a day trip. The Palace is magnificently large, with lush decor and intricate paint/tile work. The extra fee to get into the Harem is well worth it. Great views of Bosphorus and Istanbul, but the museums inside were really amazing (the weaponry and...More

Thank Nadeem L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

historical place to visit long queue to access we bought the tickets from a guy near the queue for additional 5 TL :) to skip the line search for him.

Thank Rony N
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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Marie H
3 September 2018|
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Response from Youcef C | Reviewed this property |
I believe the vending machines only sell the museum pass. To make things simple, arrive before 10am at Topkapi and buy your tickets. I recommend buying the harem tickets and visiting it first. At peak hours there is a... More
14 July 2018|
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Response from Husna M | Reviewed this property |
Holy relics?? You mean the swords during prophet time? Or moses staff? And keys of the kaa'ba? It's separate, it's like deeper inside
Taha S
17 June 2018|
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Response from Hassane2304 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I was there 2 months ago and it costs 90 turkish lira per person ( 60 lira for "Salamlek" and you pay another 30 liras later to access "the Haramlek"). If you want the audio guide you pay more 30 turkish lira.