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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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $90
Duration: 8 hours
Topkapi Palace Reviews
Cannot sing enough praises about my personal guide. His description during our walkabout brought the place alive with its rich history and beautiful setting. Not to be missed. more »
This is an interesting must-visit-place as a major remembrance of Ottoman empire. There are buildings for the main functions of the empire and signs of Istanbul as a major center of the world in due t... more »
Really interesting place to visit and get a feel for the Ottoman Empire. Easy to wander around and even though it was busy - you could still visit at your own pace and without too many people. The only reason for dropping a star is that when we were there some of the main buildings were closed for renovation. Hope to be back once all the work is complete.
One of the best places to visit in Istanbul. I had visited only this place in the trip but I don't regret it all. This place is worth the visit to Istanbul. Cost of the entrance is 72 Turkish Lira and you can get the ticket at a self-buy kiosk instead of waiting in the line. You can see the kitchens, tombs and rooms used by the royal people. You can understand the Islam culture better.
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