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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"(17 Tips)
    Alexey R.
    "Very beautiful area and one of the best panorama to the Bosphorus."(9 Tips)
    Kerem han G.
    "best in the world for learning the Ottoman Empire history"(5 Tips)
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  • 3asak
    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
    3asak · June 16, 2013
  • Farina L.
    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!
    Farina Lan · February 19, 2015
  • AFAR Media
    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
    AFAR Media · November 25, 2014
  • Adrijana H.
    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.
    Adrijana Husić · November 10, 2013
  • LolaLulu
    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.🏰
    LolaLulu · October 28, 2013
  • Ali D.
    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.
    Ali Daylan · August 4, 2015
  • 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.
    Lujain AbaHussain · March 10
  • Maria T.
    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 :)
    Maria Tarasova · December 31, 2013
  • Carl G.
    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.
    Carl Griffin · January 1
    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. · September 22, 2011
  • Umut Ç.
    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.
    Umut Çakmak · January 4, 2015
  • Gozdem U.
    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.
    Gozdem Ugur · January 2, 2015
  • Bahare I.
    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...
    Bahare Izadi · July 31, 2015
  • 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.
  • The Telegraph
    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.
    The Telegraph · November 20, 2012
  • sarah || aïs™
    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)
    sarah || aïs™ · September 22, 2012
  • Asif K.
    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.
    Asif K · March 28, 2013
  • Turkish Airlines
    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.
    Turkish Airlines · October 21, 2011
  • 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 !
    Yudum Macit Karakulakyan · October 6, 2012
  • Halil Kemal Y.
    People who want to learn historical things about ottomans and İstanbul should really go and see this place.Amazing big structure ! I loved it...
    Halil Kemal Y. · February 13, 2015
  • B. M.
    Never go to the Self-Service Restaurant in the very back (4th courtyard) - I was shocked when they told me that I have to pay 24 YTL for a yucky coffee (9 YTL) and a small piece of cake (15 YTL)!
    B. M. · August 10, 2011
  • 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.
    Turkey Travel Centre · March 3, 2014
    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. · February 9, 2012
  • Majestic Istanbul
    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.
    Majestic Istanbul · October 6, 2014
  • 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.
  • Şerif Yenen
    Personal belongings of the prophets, especially of Prophet Mohammed (a mantle, sword, seal, tooth and beard) and the Caliphs are on display here. Among these are Koran scripts and framed inscriptions.
    Şerif Yenen · February 11, 2012
  • Omar B.
    It is worth visiting. I have a doubt about the thruth of the islamic relics. No pics are allowed! Organization is not so good. Some pple skip the long line while you are waiting.
    Omar Bassam · May 19, 2015
  • Mariana V.
    The museum doesn't have good signal system, be prepared. We entered, followed the crowd and because of a lack of signals got out of the museum... :/ wear fresh clothes (hot weather).
    Mariana VH · August 28, 2014
  • Önder B.
    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.
    Önder Bingöl · November 9, 2014
  • Ali L.
    The architecture is amazing. The collection of museum pieces ranges from the nearly unbelievable to the unbelievably beautiful.
    Ali Latifi · November 27, 2014
  • Şerif Yenen
    Silence was dominant in the palace. Hundreds of people tried not to meet the sultan unless necessary. It was even said that people sometimes developed a system of body language among themselves.
    Şerif Yenen · February 10, 2012
  • Steven A.
    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).
    Steven Androphy · August 23, 2013
  • Ozi
    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.
    Ozi · September 11, 2014
  • Lillian S.
    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.
    Lillian Sword · November 27, 2014
  • Alexey R.
    I like this palace. Very beautiful area and one of the best panorama to the Bosphorus. Don't forget to take guid.
    Alexey Razumov · August 18, 2014
  • Asif K.
    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.
    Asif K · March 27, 2013
  • Museum Pass Istanbul Distributor
    Additional advantages of Museum Pass Istanbul include discounts at elite private museums, more than twenty arts and entertainment venues, museum shops and GES Shops.
  • James
    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
    James · May 20, 2015
  • Lucille F.
    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.
    Lucille Fisher · February 22, 2015
  • Alia A.
    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
    Alia Alsharif · November 21, 2015
  • S A.
    The Sacred Trusts are the highlight of this place. It is also very crowded, so expect to stand in a queue for a while. Prioritize it and plan ahead.
    S A · August 19, 2014
  • 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
  • Tatjana N.
    Travelling through history... Take time to enjoy in beautiful grounds and gardens. And view over Bosphorus, of course.
    Tatjana Nikolić · April 4, 2014
  • 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.
    Sophie Al'azzawie · February 13
  • Zachary L.
    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.
    Zachary Long · July 16, 2013
  • Jeanne
    Get there early in the morning as it gets extremely crowded and stuffy in some of the rooms. Really interesting jewel and muslim relic collection!
    Jeanne · July 4, 2013
  • Natalia U.
    A lot of buildings of Sultans' places describe life here hundreds years ago, amazing armoury, treasure house, palace court
    Natalia U · March 8
  • Walid S.
    Just in love with this place , every visitor to istanbul need to visit this place , the pass costs 30Turkish Lira
    Walid Sassi · January 4, 2015
  • Mike L.
    The Harem is definitely worth it. Consider bringing your own map. The only maps I saw provided came with an audio tour headset purchase.
    Mike Leotta · October 27, 2014
  • istanbul
    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.
    istanbul · March 2, 2011
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