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Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi

Topkapı Palace

(Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi)
History Museum and Palace
Cankurtaran, Istanbul
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    Mike L.
    "The Harem is definitely worth it."(37 Tips)
    Kenneth T.
    "Sultans inner sanctum (fourth chamber) has amazing view"(22 Tips)
    Carl G.
    "Wonderfully lavish interiors and great views across the Bosphorus."(12 Tips)
    Doğucan B.
    "Amazing view and so many interesting artifacts from Ottoman Empire."(9 Tips)
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  • Farina L.heart icon on user image
    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!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T SJanuary 19, 2017
    You can imagine this palace is much bigger than the Vatican state it self. With an amazing views to the golden horn to the phosphorus & maramara sea. The Haremlic is a must to see.
    Upvoted Feb 23
  • 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
    Upvoted Apr 17
    Otel.comJanuary 9, 2014
    The Topkapi Palace was formerly the residence of Turkish sultans for over 300 years. Now it is the shining star of the city as a museum.
  • ReemOheart icon on user image
    ReemOJanuary 29, 2015
    Very historical place. You should book 2 tickets one for the Harem section and the other for the rest of the museum.
  • Halil Kemal Y.heart icon on user image
    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...
  • Bahram M.heart icon on user image
    Bahram MovahedJuly 16, 2017
    Beautiful, vast and astonishing structure which you baffle you for hours. It has lots of ground to cover so expect to spend at least 2 or 3 hours in there because it has lots to cover.
  • Gozdem U.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinJanuary 1, 2016
    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.
  • Mustafa B.
    Mustafa B.August 28, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anya R.heart icon on user image
    Anya RoxieJuly 7, 2019
    If you watched ‘Muhtesem Yüzyil’ you should definitely visit this palace. Awesome architecture, marvelous garden and breathtaking Bosphorus views. I advice to come here in late spring or summer.
  • Saleh A.heart icon on user image
    Saleh AlhosaniFebruary 14, 2017
    i like the historical peace of art and old building the place it self help you go back to ottoman impire but disadvantages that they don't let any one to take picture where in the museum
  • 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.
  • Raakin R.heart icon on user image
    Raakin RollSeptember 18, 2016
    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
  • Maria T.heart icon on user image
    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 :)
  • edna_ellena ..heart icon on user image
    edna_ellena .November 10, 2017
    Amazing place. If you are in Istanbul you must see it. Go early so you will have enough time to see all of it. Words are not enough. Go and sue by yourself. You will not regret! 😊
  • M. K.
    M. KhalidAugust 8, 2019
    A must see in Istanbul however avoid doing so now at least till winter as most rooms/areas in the palace and Hareem are closed for renovations. It’s worth the time
  • Ali L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • M A.heart icon on user image
    M Aldoss ♏January 11, 2015
    Highly recommended historical Palace 👍👍 one of the biggest Places in Istanbul !! A lot to see
  • 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.
  • Bahare I.heart icon on user image
    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...
  • Ali D.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Xenia T.heart icon on user image
    Xenia TemchenkoSeptember 18, 2016
    For those interested in Ottoman culture and Islam it's going to be captivating. Exhibition raised my interest in those. Nice view on the city and Bosphorus.
  • Walid S.heart icon on user image
    Walid SassiJanuary 4, 2015
    Just in love with this place , every visitor to istanbul need to visit this place , the pass costs 30Turkish Lira
  • Erin H.heart icon on user image
    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).
  • Manar F.
    Manar F.December 16, 2015
    Architectural excellence! A must visit! Get the audio guide and enjoy.
  • Umut Ç.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lujain A.heart icon on user image
    Lujain AbaHussainMarch 10, 2016
    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.
  • Tatjana N.
    Tatjana NikolićApril 4, 2014
    Travelling through history... Take time to enjoy in beautiful grounds and gardens. And view over Bosphorus, of course.
    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.
  • Önder B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Oziheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Doniyor I.heart icon on user image
    Doniyor IsakhunovApril 28, 2015
    The best historical place of istanbul. And harem was also made by eastern style
  • Doğucan B.heart icon on user image
    Doğucan BaskınJanuary 9, 2019
    For me, the best historical heritage in Istanbul. Amazing view and so many interesting artifacts from Ottoman Empire. Definitely worth to visit.
  • Bogdan D.heart icon on user image
    Bogdan D.October 9, 2014
    Great palace; treasury and harem are the highlites; very crowded even in October; tiring visit though;
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesFebruary 28, 2015
    Take a step back in time, as you walk through history at the incredible Topkapi Palace!
  • maram
    maramMay 18, 2015
    wonderful place in Istanbul make sure to have short break near to fountain
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphNovember 20, 2012
    The four courtyards and plethora of buildings and pavilions that make up the Topkapı Palace complex ( ; £8.70, closed Tuesdays in winter) are a whole afternoon’s entertainment.
  • Alireza Z.heart icon on user image
    Alireza ZeiniOctober 23, 2023
    The ticket was so expensive. But Everyone should see inside the museum once in the life. It has a good historical story
  • 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.
  • Raghad A.heart icon on user image
    Raghad AdnanOctober 5, 2018
    I loved it, the audio guide is quite helpful and explains it all .. but don’t take the fast-track ticket, it’s a trap !
  • Natalia U.heart icon on user image
    Natalia UMarch 8, 2016
    A lot of buildings of Sultans' places describe life here hundreds years ago, amazing armoury, treasure house, palace court
  • Abdulla M.heart icon on user image
    Abdulla M. SayyarJune 25, 2016
    Amazing experience, so rich with history and very organized administration. If you want to know about ottomans history this is he place
    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.
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