Topkapi Palace
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Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı) was the official residence and seat of the government for the Ottoman sultans from the mid-15th century to the mid-19th century. The Palace is one of the richest museums in the world: housing 80,000 artefacts over 45,000 square meters. Treasures include the priceless Chinese porcelain collection in the imperial kitchens, the Holy Relics that belonged to the Prophet Muhammed, and the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s diamond guarded in the Treasury. Though, for many, it’s the 300-room harem that’s more intriguing to see. The harem is where the sultan resided with his family, including his mother, wives and children, as well as their servants and it’s therefore home to several scandalous tales. Set aside at least three hours to appreciate the palace and all its artefacts and stories. A café and restaurant is onsite for refreshments and lunch. The palace is open every day except Tuesdays. Gates close at 4.45pm from Oct 30 - Apr 15.
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Nov 5, 2016
Beautiful Palace with multiple structures. Great lessons from history about Turkish art and architecture. Check out the Sacred Trust, with personal belongings of The Prophet Mohammed. There's a lot... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
Topkapi is the main palace of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire until the construction of Dolmabahce Palace. Topkapi is located in Istanbul's historical center - not far from the cathedral "St... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
So much to see here. We got the head sets that guided us around and provided lots of information about the exhibits. Worth the money. The coffee shop has a great view! read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
kristine w
If you love history, romance, and blood paid power. Than you must be the Sultan! The details in all the tiles. Not to mention the mosaics. Must see read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
There are many ways to visit Topkapi Palace with a museum pass. This is so if you aren't interested in the harem quarters of the palace you don't have to go. The court yards are well designed and the... read more>>
Topkapı Sarayı , 34122 İstanbul
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