Topkapi Palace

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Topkapi Palace is the oldest remaining palace of the Ottoman period in Istanbul. It was the second to be built, after the one in the Beyazit area, of which unfortunately nothing remains. Its construction began just 20 years after the conquest of Istanbul, between 1466 and 1478, in what was then the newly conquered capital of the new empire. The Topkapi Palace covered an area of 700,000 square meters.

Topkapi Palace Istanbul The palace was originally known as Saray-i Cedid-I Amire, but it became the Topkapi Palace during the nineteenth century, after one of the gates of the city wall. It overlooks the city from the tip of the historic peninsula at the entrance to the Golden Horn, offering one of the most beautiful views of the city, from which you can see:

- The Bosphorus,
- The Golden Horn,
- Both banks,
- The Sea of Marmara,

After the conquest of the city by Mehmet II, the Topkapi Palace served as the main palace for nearly 600 years, until Abdulmecid built the Dolmabahce Palace to house the administration of the empire. Unlike European palaces, the Topkapi Palace is an organic complex that contains many kiosks, gardens and spaces in its huge area, which at the time housed about ten thousand men, between janissaries and viziers.

Since the time of the Republic, when the palace was transformed into a museum in 1924, Topkapi Palace has become one of the most attractive palace-museums in the world. The most attractive exhibition rooms of the palace are :

28 towers distributed on the wall surrounding the Topkapi Palace. The Islamic holy relics and Chinese porcelains. The Sanctum Sanctorum (Harum), or the inviolable place where the royal women resided.

- The costumes of the sultan,
- Divan,
- Kitchens,
- Kiosks,
- Baghdad,
- Revan,
- Sofa,
- Mecidiye, 

Possibilities to eat and rest with a beautiful view for visitors.

How to get to the palace

The palace is open from 9am to 6pm, closed on Tuesdays

Entrance fee: 320 TL (18 €), free under 12 years old

Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

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