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Topkapı Palace

(Topkapı Sarayı)
History Museum and Palace
Cankurtaran, Fatih
  • James
    "Go see the harem, it's definitely worth it for an extra 15TL."(37 Tips)
    Kenneth T.
    "Sultans inner sanctum (fourth chamber) has amazing view"(18 Tips)
    Alexey R.
    "Very beautiful area and one of the best panorama to the Bosphorus."(11 Tips)
    Kerem han G.
    "best in the world for learning the Ottoman Empire history"(5 Tips)
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  • Farina L.
    Farina LanFebruary 19, 2015
    Excellent item displays. Refreshed my knowledge on the life history of the prophets. And at the end of your tour do take a walk around the cafe area that overlooks the bosphorus strait. Breathtaking!
  • Mustafa B.
    Mustafa B.August 28
    You can start your trip from the right side of the entrance "The kitchen of the Palace". In some places you have the great view of Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Beware that there is no lockers available.
  • 3asak
    3asakJune 16, 2013
    A nice place to visit,u can learn a lot about the culture&history of Istanbul.It tends to be very busy with tourists so make sure u've enough time to stand in all queues.The entrance ticket's 40TL btw
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaNovember 25, 2014
    This architecture and detailed ceilings are among the most beautiful I've seen. You'll spend your visit looking up. If you go, don't miss the exquisite collection of jewels in the Treasury. Read more
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphNovember 20, 2012
    The four courtyards and plethora of buildings and pavilions that make up the Topkapı Palace complex ( ; £8.70, closed Tuesdays in winter) are a whole afternoon’s entertainment.
  • LolaLulu
    LolaLuluOctober 28, 2013
    The Topkapi Palace is on the Seraglio Point overlooking both Marmara and Bosphorus was given by Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinapolis in 1453. It was home to all the Ottoman sultans.🏰
  • Lujain A.
    Make sure to hire a tour guide. It really made a difference telling fun facts about the interesting objects and the castle. Children enjoyed. Remember to take a photo at the souvenir shop booth.
  • Adrijana H.
    Adrijana HusićNovember 10, 2013
    For many people not impressive as Dolmabahce Palace, still this is the real Ottoman Palace. Be sure to leave some time to enjoy sitting in front of Palace and within gardens inside.
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesOctober 21, 2011
    Topkapi palace was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of state administration about 380 years until the construction of Dolmabahce Palace in 1856 by Sultan Abdulmecit.
  • Ali D.
    Ali DaylanAugust 4, 2015
    Culinary section is awesome. See the extravagance of palace cuisine and how it was affected by European culture after 17th century. You even can know where the kitchen acquired its ingredients from.
  • Gozdem U.
    Gozdem UgurJanuary 2, 2015
    The Harem is a must see!! It's definetly worth the extra entrance fee. The other exhibitions are nice too. Go on weekday mornings for lesser crowds.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 1
    Impressive 15th century palace. This thriving royal court would have been filled by sultans, courtiers, eunuchs and concubines. Wonderfully lavish interiors and great views across the Bosphorus.
  • Maria T.
    Maria TarasovaDecember 31, 2013
    Come as early as you can, that might help you to avoid 200-meter line. No pictires are allowed in most of rooms of palace, so make sure you visit Harem too to take pictures of beautiful walls :)
  • Umut Ç.
    Umut ÇakmakJanuary 4, 2015
    Site of the largest Ottoman palace and the former site of Justinian's Great Palace. Better see around with a professional guide. Lots and lots to see. With the perfect Bosphorus view.
  • Raakin R.
    Raakin Roll1 week ago
    Here you will see the Prophet Muhammad's live articles such as his tooth, hair and along with the Sahaba's (companions) articles like their swords, etc.. Also you will see Proph. Musas sword. Must see
    Otel.comSeptember 22, 2011
    No Istanbul trip is complete without this. Learn about the seat of Ottoman Power while exploring its design and structure. Don't miss the Imperial Treasure and make sure to visit all four courts.
  • Thanos A.
    A very nice place with great view to Bosporus. 2-3 hours required to see all Topkapi area with 45 TL entrance cost for both sarayi and harem.
  • Halil Kemal Y.
    Halil Kemal Y.February 13, 2015
    People who want to learn historical things about ottomans and İstanbul should really go and see this place.Amazing big structure ! I loved it...
  • Yudum M.
    Always give yourself a short coffee break at Konyali ! Don't forget to tip Mrs.Aisha who takes very clean care of the restrooms ! Treasury & holy relicques are the musts! Enjoy the palace !
  • Majestic Istanbul
    Majestic IstanbulOctober 6, 2014
    The Palace kitchens are open for visit. They are in the second courtyard of the palace, you can easily spot them with their huge chimneys.
  • Museum Pass Istanbul Distributor
    The Museum Pass is on sale at many Istanbul hotels. It allows you to save time & money by offering admission to 6 must-see museums, including free admission to the Harem, without having to queue up.
  • Turkey Travel Centre
    The centre of old Constantinople (Istanbul), the Topkapi Palace, harem and museum is a must visit. It is very big so at least a full morning is needed to explore it properly.
  • istanbul
    istanbulMarch 2, 2011
    Topkapi is the palace over looking the Bosphorus where the sultas made their homes and supervised government during the glory days of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Önder B.
    Önder BingölNovember 9, 2014
    Walk through all the gardens to the north to find out why this hilltop was chosen for the palace. A breathtaking view of marmara, bosphorus and golden horn will greet you.
  • Alexey R.
    Alexey RazumovAugust 18, 2014
    I like this palace. Very beautiful area and one of the best panorama to the Bosphorus. Don't forget to take guid.
  • Bahare I.
    Bahare IzadiJuly 31, 2015
    If you wanna enjoy history,nature and not getting bored this is definitely yours. Reading the history of there before the visit is highly suggested cause if you don't, you gonna miss alot...
  • Ali L.
    Ali LatifiNovember 27, 2014
    The architecture is amazing. The collection of museum pieces ranges from the nearly unbelievable to the unbelievably beautiful.
  • Sophie A.
    I wanna go there again!! Too big to see in one day. Too beautiful and very rich in historic events. I love it.
  • Asif K.
    Asif KMarch 28, 2013
    Topkapi palace was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of state administration about 380 years until the construction of Dolmabahce Palace in 1856 by Sultan Abdulmecit.
  • Natalia U.
    Natalia UMarch 8
    A lot of buildings of Sultans' places describe life here hundreds years ago, amazing armoury, treasure house, palace court
  • Lillian S.
    Lillian SwordNovember 27, 2014
    I expected to enjoy our visit to the Palace,The palace of ottoman empire untill mid of 19.century.624 years of empire,around 400 years this palace was used.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherFebruary 22, 2015
    A must see, but go early to avoid the crowds & have lunch in the Ottoman restaurant in the Palace for a taste of authentic Ottoman cuisine.
  • Tatjana N.
    Tatjana NikolićApril 4, 2014
    Travelling through history... Take time to enjoy in beautiful grounds and gardens. And view over Bosphorus, of course.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Stroll through the lavish Ottoman halls of Topkapi Palace, a glorious testimony to the extent of the Ottoman Empire's power. The reigns of the Sultans were centred here for almost 4 centuries. Read more
  • James
    JamesMay 20, 2015
    Go see the harem, it's definitely worth it for an extra 15TL. better yet, for 85TL get the museum pass since just the palace and the harem are 45TL
  • Abdulla M.
    Amazing experience, so rich with history and very organized administration. If you want to know about ottomans history this is he place
  • Xenia T.
    Xenia Temchenko1 week ago
    For those interested in Ottoman culture and Islam it's going to be captivating. Exhibition raised my interest in those. Nice view on the city and Bosphorus.
    DHR.comFebruary 9, 2012
    This remarkable structure is not to be missed for all Istanbul visitors. Devote a day for exploring, and visit the Topkapi Palace Museum to get more info and see more impressive exhibitions.
  • Ozi
    OziSeptember 11, 2014
    If you visit here in the morning then do it early like 9:00 and directly go to the third garden to visit the exhibition halls to skip the line.
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyAugust 23, 2013
    Make sure to get there early, and definitely buy tickets for the Harem. It's only 15 lira extra, but was the best part of the palace (besides the view).
  • sarah || aïs™
    sarah || aïs™September 22, 2012
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 17.00 Closed: Tuesday, and until 12.00 on the first day of religious holidays, BEST!!! You can see the Museum Jade of Prophet Mohammad SAW. and Many more (but forbid for pic)
  • Asif K.
    Asif KMarch 27, 2013
    A must-visit place is in the third garden in the far right corner. A lot of Islamic relics. e.g Prophet Musa's staff, Prophet Muhammad's drinking bowl etc.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LeottaOctober 27, 2014
    The Harem is definitely worth it. Consider bringing your own map. The only maps I saw provided came with an audio tour headset purchase.
  • Alia A.
    Alia AlsharifNovember 21, 2015
    It's under construction the issue you need full day to visit and every time I visit I see new place don't take tour to visit try to visit in morning
  • M A.
    M ALDossaryJanuary 11, 2015
    Highly recommended historical Palace 👍👍 one of the biggest Places in Istanbul !! A lot to see
  • ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨September 28, 2013
    Great museum with great and detailed architectural designs, extensive display of refined jewelry, costumes and weapons used by the sultans.
  • Walid S.
    Walid SassiJanuary 4, 2015
    Just in love with this place , every visitor to istanbul need to visit this place , the pass costs 30Turkish Lira
  • Manar F.
    Manar F.December 16, 2015
    Architectural excellence! A must visit! Get the audio guide and enjoy.
  • Reem A.
    Reem AlmanieJanuary 29, 2015
    Very historical place. You should book 2 tickets one for the Harem section and the other for the rest of the museum.
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  • Zachary L.
    Zachary LongJuly 16, 2013
    Extra cost to see the Harem but it's a really large place, worth the extra cost! Entrance is just to your left of the main entrance upon entering.
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