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Topkapı Palace

(Topkapı Sarayı)
History Museum and Palace
Cankurtaran, Fatih
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  • 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)
    Carl G.
    "Wonderfully lavish interiors and great views across the Bosphorus."(11 Tips)
    Farina L.
    "Refreshed my knowledge on the life history of the prophets."(8 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
    Upvoted Oct 19
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Reemo A.
    Reemo 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.
    Upvoted Sep 18
  • 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.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphNovember 20, 2012
    The four courtyards and plethora of buildings and pavilions that make up the Topkapı Palace complex (topkapisarayi.gov.tr ; £8.70, closed Tuesdays in winter) are a whole afternoon’s entertainment.
  • Ali L.
    Ali LatifiNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The architecture is amazing. The collection of museum pieces ranges from the nearly unbelievable to the unbelievably beautiful.
  • 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...
  • Tatjana N.
    Tatjana NikolićApril 4, 2014
    Travelling through history... Take time to enjoy in beautiful grounds and gardens. And view over Bosphorus, of course.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rodolfo G.
    A must go for every traveller but take your time its quite big. Should visit the harem. Entry fee for it. You can make the museum card and enjoy entries for more museums for a reasonable price.
  • Ozi
    OziSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Martin A.
    Martin AngelettiAugust 11, 2014
    Very nice. Even though the weather. So take that into account. If by any chance rains, you can still enjoy very much your history museum pass.
  • 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.
  • Otel.com
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • M A.
    M ALDossaryJanuary 11, 2015
    Highly recommended historical Palace 👍👍 one of the biggest Places in Istanbul !! A lot to see
  • Yudum M.
    Yudum Macit KarakulakyanOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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 !
  • Bogdan D.
    Bogdan D.October 9, 2014
    Great palace; treasury and harem are the highlites; very crowded even in October; tiring visit though;
  • 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
  • Turkey Tourism
    Turkey TourismMay 9, 2013
    Topkapi Palace occupies one of the seven hills of the city at the tip of the historic peninsula overlooking the sea. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Raakin R.
    Raakin RollSeptember 18
    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
  • 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.
  • Reham A.
    Reham Al AjroushAugust 22, 2015
    My advice to take a guide so u know what's the important things to visit in the palace & the history about it ..
  • Doniyor I.
    Doniyor IsakhunovApril 28, 2015
    The best historical place of istanbul. And harem was also made by eastern style
  • 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.
  • maram
    maramMay 18, 2015
    wonderful place in Istanbul make sure to have short break near to fountain
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Erin H.
    Erin HaleenOctober 16, 2014
    Baskin the glory of sacred relics: Abrahams pot, Joseph's turban, Moses, staff, David's sword and of course the tooth, beard hair, and letter of Mohammed (pbuh).
  • Şerif Yenen
    Şerif YenenFebruary 11, 2012
    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.
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesFebruary 28, 2015
    Take a step back in time, as you walk through history at the incredible Topkapi Palace!
  • DHR.com
    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.
  • 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.
  • HerrEsharif ..
    HerrEsharif .January 15, 2013
    An Audio headphones which cost extra 9 TL meaningless as with every picture there's enough informations.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Natalia U.
    Natalia UMarch 8
    A lot of buildings of Sultans' places describe life here hundreds years ago, amazing armoury, treasure house, palace court
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