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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

4.4
#2 of 519 in Museums in Turkey
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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  • despite poor weather. it being cold and wet on the day, there was so much to see and do in the palace, that even the weather didn't spoil the visit, true there is some queuing as security is tight so....  more »
  • This is a tough review to write since the weather definitely had a negative impact on our visit to the palace. We still enjoyed seeing what we could, but almost certainly didn't get as much out of...  more »
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  • This museum is so huge, you'd best visit as soon as it opens. Genuinely astounding designs, beautifully preserved and taken care of, it gives a true feeling of the time and era it was made in. If you were a Muslim or interested in Islamic History, do yourself a huge favour and visit the attraction containing belongings of the Prophet and his Caliphates (taking photos isn't allowed there). For me, it was one of the most breathtaking sites to behold and brought my eyes to tears.
  • This place is great, really peaceful. Be warned that there's a huge amount to see so you probably want to give yourself a lot of time. The Harem bit was really interesting. There was also a dog mum with her recent batch of puppies playing under a tree with crows, super cute
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