Topkapı Palace

Reflecting the Ottoman nomadic-tent culture with its four large courtyards and kiosks, the Palace consists of three main sections and many sub-sections: The Birun (‘outer’), Enderun (‘inner’) and the Harem (‘forbidden’, belonging exclusively to the sultan and his family)

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Heart of the Ottoman Empire

Topkapı Palace was the seat of Ottoman Empire more than 380 years where 24 out of 36 Sultans lived and ruled their land. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and now one of Turkey’s richest museums with its permanent and temporary exhibition halls.

Buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, apartments, bathhouses, harems, and an armoury, holy relics section, not to mention imperial halls, kitchens and royal chambers that make a visit into Topkapi’s inner walls one of the world’s great wonders. Topkapı Palace continues as one of the foremost cultural legacies in the world today

Visiting Information

  • Closed on Tuesday( Winter 9.am/4.pm ) - ( Summer 9.am/6.pm )
  • You will need a half day to explore the palace and harem section
  • Best time to visit: In the morning
  • Admission : Palace 100 TLHarem 70 TL (extra entry charge)
  • Free to enter the first court
  • Istanbul Museum Pass : YES
  • Tram Station Nearby: Gülhane or Sultanahmet

Harem section as seen from a distance

Stunning tile decoration of Topkapı Palace

EXPLORE TOPKAPI PALACE WITH US

  • You can book your Topkapi Palace tour with us privately or shared.
  • Get a personalized attention on a small-group tour. (Maximum 6 People)
  • We go directly to the front of the queue at this very popular site and save your time.

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