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Review of Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace
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US$9.93*
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Topkapi Palace Entrance Ticket
Ranked #6 of 1,203 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This enormous palace was the Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. Although much of the palace is not accessible, the daily tours of the Harem are of great interest to tourists.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This it's a stunning palace. But you already knew that.

Tips. If the lines for tickets are too long, use the ticket machines or walk 500m down to the antiques museum to buy your pass, there was no cue.

Entering through the first gate can have a cue. Enter through the northern side near the antiques museum, there's no cue.

You can self navigate with a lonely planet guide. You probably need 3 hours there.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We were here for over two hours. Much of that was lining up to see the religious relics: King David's sword, Prophet Muhammad's hair. But the rest of the palace is well worth seeing and there was no lining up once in the grounds. Take your picnic lunch. Enjoy the gardens.

Thank Jason K
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

You must visit when you are in Istanbul. beautiful palace with tons of historical information about the Ottoman empire

Thank M A
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Bought the museum pass which included this and we were supposed to be allowed fast track entry.
Was fast tracked through security but there wasn’t a clear sign saying that the pass holders were allowed fast track into the actual premises (which was the longer line).
I have to admit that as I’d gotten sick of waiting a loooong time at Hagia Sophia Museum earlier that day because of queue jumpers, once I got to Topkapi Palace, I jumped the queue myself.
The place is massive and everything you expect a Palace to be. You can wonder around. It’s very crowded but still beautiful.

Thank SidTravel8
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The palace consist of main building, and other building such as kitchen, balcony and function rooms, basically this place is quite huge. The collections are awesome. And if you are looking for some view, you can go to the balcony, it's located behind the main building. They also have cafe located inside and it has the same view to bosphorus strait

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