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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Istanbul attractions like Topkapi Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Here you will see the magnificent views and the home of many sultans. It is very large so make a lot of time to visit everything. 
    Here you will see the magnificent views and the home of many sultans. It is very large so make a lot of time to visit everything.  more »
  • What a place to be! You will be able to see belongings of prophet Muhammad pbuh and his companions. Its garden is also beautiful. I was there in March 2022 and it was snowing at that's times of the... 
    What a place to be! You will be able to see belongings of prophet Muhammad pbuh and his companions. Its garden is also beautiful. I was there in March 2022 and it was snowing at that's times of the...  more »
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  • Amazing place, atmosphere, good condition of the palace, park, museums. Huge respect to authorities, who saved historical value of Istanbul in general and in this palace. This place is impressive, many relics and valuables have been preserved. However it is a pity that we cannot see rooms, furniture, the personal belongings of the sultanas were not preserved, and in general they lived very close, as lots of people come to see life of Osman family
  • I recommend buying tickets in advance because my family made the mistake of waiting at a ticket pass seller just for them to tell us that the tickets to enter the museum were inside, aside from that the museum was really pretty and the gardens looked amazing during this season (summer). There were some places where the lines were so long I couldn't enter but that's because I went on a weekend. Overall it was very pleasant experience.

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