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Visiting Topkapi Palace

As one of the largest palace complexes in the world, Topkapi Palace attracts over 3 million visitors each year, including 3.3 million in 2022 (source: HurriyetDailyNews). It covers an area of over 350,000 square meters and is artistically and colorfully decorated with architectural elements from the Ottoman period. The magnificent palace also impresses with its unique collections presenting countless valuable objects from this period.

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6 Reasons to Visit Topkapi Palace Museum

Topkapi Palace is one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Istanbul. It is not only irresistibly beautiful, but also of great historical importance.

The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the metropolis and is undoubtedly worth a visit. For anyone interested in history, architecture, art and culture, the majestic residence of the Sultans is an absolute must-see.

The Seraglio offers a deep look into the Turkish past, and your visit will always remain an unforgettable experience in your memory. There are many reasons why you should visit Topkapi Palace. Here are six of them:

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The History

The palace was not only home to the sultans and their families for almost 400 years, but also the government and administrative center. In short; it was the control center of the Ottoman Empire. By visiting the palace, you will experience Ottoman history and culture first-hand.

>> More Information: The History of Topkapi Palace

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The Architecture

Topkapi Palace is not only historically significant, but also of great importance in terms of architecture and design. The palace complex is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture with its intricate tile work, marble facades and beautiful gardens. It is made up of more than 400 buildings, all with their own unique style and purpose.

The treasury at Topkapi Palace

The Treasury

The Topkapi treasury contains beautiful jewelry, personal effects of the sultans, elaborately decorated weapons and other exhibits of inestimable value. One of the gems is the Topkapi dagger, one of the most valuable daggers in the world, and a masterpiece of Ottoman craftsmanship. Another precious item is the 86-carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the fourth largest diamond of its kind in the world.

Sacred Relics of Topkapi Palace

The Holy Relics

The Sacred Safekeeping Rooms house some of the palace's most important treasures. On display are holy relics of the Prophet Mohammed, including one of his beard hairs, the tooth he lost in the Battle of Uhud, as well as his footprint, cloak and sword. Holy relics attributed to other prophets are also on display, such as the staff of Moses, the sword of David, the pot of Abraham and the robe of Joseph.

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The Harem

A visit to the legendary harem is like a journey back in time, allowing a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Ottoman elite. Here, the Queen Mother ruled over everything and everyone. The harem was not just about the sultan's sexual pleasures, but rather about the dynastic reproduction of the ruling family. Several hundred concubines served this purpose. The Sultan's sons also spent their younger years in this building. The entire complex reflects various architectural styles from the 16th to the early 19th century and is of utmost importance in terms of architectural history.

>> Read more: Topkapi Palace Harem

The View of of Topkapi Palace

The View

Topkapi Palace lies on an exposed location on the highest elevation of the Historic Peninsula. The marble terraces in the fourth courtyard are one of the most beautiful places in the Seraglio and offer wonderful panoramic views of Istanbul. From the terrace to the west at the Baghdad Pavilion you can enjoy the view of Beyoglu quarter, with Galata Tower, Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn behind it, as well as Eminönü district and the Süleymaniye Mosque. The terrace to the east at the Mecidiye Pavilion opens up a view of the Bosphorus and the Bosphorus Bridge, the Asian districts of Üsküdar and Kadikoy with the Maiden's Tower in front, as well as the Sea of Marmara and the Princes' Islands.

Should I Buy my Topkapi Palace Ticket on-site or online?

We highly recommend booking your Topkapi Palace ticket online in advance for three reasons:

1. Avoid long lines: Since Topkapi Palace is one of the most popular sights in Istanbul, there are usually long queues in front of the ticket office, especially during high season. By booking online you don't have to waste any of your precious time.

2. Benefit from discounts: You may find that it is cheaper to book online, as there are often special offers and discounts available. You can also benefit from combo tickets and special guided tours.

3. It is more convenient: You can book your ticket from the comfort of your own home and have it ready. This also ensures your entry to the Topkapi Palace at your desired date.

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Topkapi Palace Opening Hours:

Summer Season: From April 1st to October 1st | Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 6 PM

Winter Season: From October 1st to April 1st | Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene: 9 AM to 4:45 PM

Closing Days: Topkapı Palace is closed every Tuesday, as well as on 1 May, the first day of Ramadan, and the first day of Sacrifice Feast.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Topkapi Palace

  • Guide/ Audio Guide: Topkapi Palace is best visited with a guide, otherwise you will not be able to fully understand and appreciate it. If you want to explore the site on your own, you should book a self-guided audio tour. However, if you would like to hear the stories and facts from someone who is passionate about the place, we recommend a guided tour with a historian guide. >> About Guided Tours for Topkapi Palace
  • Unofficial Guides: Beware of unofficial guides inside the Palace Complex. It is best to buy tickets for guided tours online in advance from official operators. Guides should wear an official guide badge.
  • Photography: It is not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. However, you can take casual pictures in all other areas of the palace.
  • Shoes: The palace complex is huge - it covers 350 hectares! There is a lot of walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Dress Code: There is no dress code for visiting Topkapi Palace.
  • Harem: When purchasing tickets, note that the harem area is not included in regular Topkapi Palace tickets.
  • Free admission: The entrance is free for disabled visitors and one accompanying person who is a first-degree relative. Children below the age of 6 are also free. Don’t forget to bring the ID of your children.
  • Arrive early and be prepared for security check: The lines in front of the security check can get pretty long, so you'll want to arrive early to give yourself time.

Frequently Asked Questions About Topkapi Palace Tickets

Do you need Tickets for Topkapi Palace Museum?

Yes, you need to buy an entrance ticket to visit the Topkapi Palace Museum and its many collections. However, you can enter the First Courtyard of the Palace without an entrance ticket. Please note that you will need to buy a separate ticket or a combo ticket to access the Harem section.

Where to buy Tickets for Topkapi Palace MUSEUM?

You can buy tickets for Topkapi Palace Museum online or on site. As the queues in front of the ticket office on site are very long, we strongly recommend you to buy an online ticket so that you do not queue unnecessarily and lose valuable time. Buy your Topkapi Palace tickets with great deals and discounts here!

Can I buy Topkapi Palace tickets online?

Yes, you can now purchase your Topkapi Palace tickets online in advance. This means that you can avoid the queues and enjoy a hassle-free visit to one of Istanbul's most popular tourist attractions. Check here the different ticket options!

How much is the Ticket for Topkapi Palace?

There are a few different options when it comes to visiting Topkapi Palace. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you want to take a guided tour, buy a regular or a skip the line ticket, or visit the harem. If you want to see the harem, which is an additional section of the palace, you need a separate ticket or a combo ticket that covers both, the palace complex and the harem section. See great deals and discounted ticket options for Topkapi Palace here!

Do I need a separate ticket for the Harem?

Yes, the Harem is a separate section of the Topkapi Palace that requires an additional ticket. If you're interested in seeing the Harem, be sure to get your ticket in advance here.

Can I buy Topkapi Palace and Harem Tickets online?

You can buy your Topkapi Palace and Harem Tickets online! This is a great way to save time and money. You will also be able to see if there are any discounts or promotions that you may be eligible for. We recommend the  Topkapi Palace Museum Skip the Line Tickets and Harem with Audio Guide. It includes a Skip the line ticket to Topkapi Palace, entrance to the Harem section and an audio guide.

Are there Topkapi Palace skip the line tickets?

Yes, there are skip the line tickets for Topkapi Palace, This is great news for anyone who wants to visit the palace, as it can be a very popular tourist spot. The tickets will allow you to bypass the long line in front of the ticket office and head straight to the line for security check, which leads into the palace. This will save you a lot of time, especially in high season. You can buy your Topkapi Palace skip the line ticket here!

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Topkapi tour a treat!
The highlights tour is the way to go. There is so much to see, so it was nice to have the highlights and then as much time to wander as we wished. Definitely add the Harem as it was the best part of Topkapi. And skipping the ticket lines was worth the cost.

terry - usa

We were a reasonably large group but the guide handled us quite well and got us into the grounds easily as well as kept us together as we discussed parts of the palace.
Later he went on to do the Harem tour with those who had booked it. Tour was useful and gave us a reasonable idea of the palace.

lında swaıne - ecuador

Me and my wife opted for a guided tour of Topkapi Palace Museum including the Harem. I can hand on heart say it was worth every penny. Our tour guide Hakan Korkmaz was very knowledgeable and very helpful.
He was able to do the tour in a very interactive manner, keeping everyone engaged. I would definitely recommend this tour to all and would like to say 5 stars for our tour guide too!

IBRAR KHAN- UK

Very good tour. Not too short, not too long. Guide spoke English very well and was very friendly. The tour started on time. The guide told us some very interesting things. I am glad that I did this tour!

sanne - belgıum

Topkapi Palace Visitor Numbers
Customers served! + 1 MILLION VISITORS PER YEAR
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Travelers from all around the world come to discover the majestic Topkapi Palace! This magnificent palace is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Istanbul, and of the world.