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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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  • Topkapi was amazing and definitely something to see. The palace and gardens are opulent and visiting the harem was very interesting. However, we used a tour company that was dreadful, Headout... 
    Topkapi was amazing and definitely something to see. The palace and gardens are opulent and visiting the harem was very interesting. However, we used a tour company that was dreadful, Headout...  more »
  • Very impressive place to visit. It should be a place where a guide can help get you in ahead of the line. This is a location where many groups will congregate but it is a large enough facility where.....  more
    Very impressive place to visit. It should be a place where a guide can help get you in ahead of the line. This is a location where many groups will congregate but it is a large enough facility where.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • What a beautiful beautiful place! Istanbul is stunning and this is place is a gem! The historical value this place holds is absolutely breathtaking! The Islamic history, the story of the Emperor who lived here... it's like every step was a walk in there steps. What a surreal experience. The views from here also stunning! Must visit

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