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Topkapı Palace

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An absolute must-see when in Istanbul: Topkapı Palace

The Topkapı Palace is the foremost historical and cultural location, as well as the number 1 tourist attraction to see in Istanbul's Historical Peninsula.

Built after Istanbul became the capital city of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire was governed for 400 hundred years from here, The Topkapi Palace.  This palace sits on top of the hill overlooking the entry point of the Bosphorus.

Today, this palace is turned into a museum that showcases the priceless treasures of the Ottoman Dynasty:  Jewelery, Weapons, Clothes as well as Islamic relics...

Topkapi Palace sets itself apart with its architecture from its early European counterparts.  This is a palace that does not consist of one big building, but rather a network of annexed buildings around a center, joined together with courtyards and gardens.

While here, be sure to visit the Harem building where all the concubines of the sultans lived.  This section was moved into the palace compound, in compliance with the wish of Hurrem, the wife of Sultan Solomon the Magnificent.

Transportation and Visiting Hours
Check out IstanbulFind Istanbul Transportation Map to reach palace easily. 

You can visit Topkapı Palace; 

Winter Season (November 1 - April 15): 9.00 a.m. - 4.45 p.m. 

Summer Season (April 15 - November 1): 9.00 a.m. - 6.45 p.m. 


* Museum is closed on Tuesdays. 
 

 

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