Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul: Address, Phone Number, Topkapi Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Topkapi Palace
4.5
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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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from A$56.26
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Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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Paul J
Dushanbe, Tajikistan683 contributions
Splendid and sprawling
Nov. 2021
This was a grand day of much exploration. The grounds were beautiful and the many different rooms, hallways and structures awe inspiring. For the most part, the interior museums are also amazing, with weapons and confectionary kitchens far more impressive than the sacred objects.
Written 30 November 2021
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Sherif S
Cairo, Egypt887 contributions
One of the best Palaces ever!
Sep. 2021
Just wow! was not expecting it with such rich architecture and nice patterns, mosaics and furniture, just beautiful, there is a very nice restaurant inside with a very nice view, expensive but make sure to stop by and sip a nice cup of coffee before you complete your visit.

important tip; suppose most of areas you can't take pictures of it but they are not strict about it, just some halls it was totally forbidden to take pictures
Written 24 November 2021
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Loay A
5 contributions
A must seen
Sep. 2021 • Solo
This is the best palace i’ve ever seen, it shows you the amazing life of Sultan and his family, it also includes traces of prophet Mohamed, Moussa, Youssef, and other holy properties.. a real gem
Written 23 November 2021
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WorldTravelerCO
Thornton, CO852 contributions
Wonderful Place for a Walk through time
Nov. 2021
This palace is another must see destination in Istanbul offering acres of beautiful grounds. Buildings transport you back into a time worth imagining.
Written 23 November 2021
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,454 contributions
Significant in History
Nov. 2021 • Friends
Topkapi Palace is one of the most important palaces of the ancient city of Istanbul throughout history. Today, it has become one of the most important and largest Islamic museums in Turkey because it contains many monuments of the Ottoman Empire. Not only was Topkapi Palace the home of the Ottoman sultans, but it was also the administrative and educational center of the state. It was built by order of Sultan Mehmed II and was renovated and changed several times throughout its long history and served as the residence and rule center of the Ottoman sultans and palaces until the mid-19th century.
Written 20 November 2021
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JuicyBites
Madrid, Spain25 contributions
Overpriced.....admission was insanely expensive for Turkey
Oct. 2021
It was interesting enough but not worth €28 per person (family of 6!!). Don't even think about getting an audio guide. Huge queue and you have to leave a passport or 100 euros deposit.
Written 15 November 2021
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ramona2
Philly102 contributions
Beautiful manicured grounds
Nov. 2021
Go early in the morning to avoid the huge crowds. Use the restrooms in the gift shop. Interesting and beautiful place.
Written 13 November 2021
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Nadia H
97 contributions
A must see!
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Absolutely wonderful. You can’t possibly miss the Topkapi Palace when you’re in Istanbul! Get ready for a journey back in time!
Written 13 November 2021
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Gymmie1973
Gatineau, Canada37 contributions
worth the trip
Nov. 2021
very nice palace, it's huge! You can absolutely visit every part of it, which makes it worth it. highly recommend
Written 13 November 2021
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David J
3 contributions
The biggest tourist trap in Istanbul
Nov. 2021 • Couples
You can skip this very expensive tourist trap. 60% of this palace is closed at this moment due to restoration and of course the owners of this tourist trap do not mention that. In addition, the tourist audio guide is, for saying the least, a worthless lack of content guide. It does not contain historic information and the content doesn’t have any relevant information, it only states the obvious.
Written 9 November 2021
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Topkapi Palace admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$56.07, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$16.02 per person. See all 558 Topkapi Palace tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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