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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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  • There is so much to take in -- we were exhausted in the heat. I recommend that you get there early! It gets really crowded as the day goes on. The grounds are beautifully manicured and there are... 
    There is so much to take in -- we were exhausted in the heat. I recommend that you get there early! It gets really crowded as the day goes on. The grounds are beautifully manicured and there are...  more »
  • Here, you cannot pay entrance fee by card. It is cash only. If you wish to use the audio guide, it is essential to have photo ID, which is left in the office and given back when you return your... 
    Here, you cannot pay entrance fee by card. It is cash only. If you wish to use the audio guide, it is essential to have photo ID, which is left in the office and given back when you return your...  more »
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  • Amazing place, truly a fantastic experience. The palace has such a rich history, with it's artifacts, Islamic treasures and being the old headquarters of previous Sultans. The views are absolutely lovely, Plenty of picture opportunities. The grounds really are beautiful. Highly recommend anyone thinking of going!
  • If you love all things history then this place is a must. They offer Tours and also Audio Guides that you can use on your own. Definitely worth the experience. I couldn’t take many pictures due to the no camera policy (although some people still did) but I’m happy about that as I was able to live in the moment which is rare nowadays.

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