Soğukçeşme Sokak, Gülhane, Istanbul
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- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History
Best for Romance - Expert review of Topkapı Palace
The centre of the Ottoman empire for four centuries, the former residence of the sultans retains its grandeur, with a riot of colourful tiles, sumptuous furniture, and fine architectural details throughout the massive complex of pavilions, halls, and courtyards. Don’t miss the many museums displaying Ottoman armour, outrageously sized jewels, and religious relics including both the hand of John the Baptist and one of the Prophet Mohammed’s teeth.
Regular admission is 20 lira; it’s worth paying the extra 15 lira to explore the harem as well.
More information on Topkapı Palace:
- Price guide:
- Castle / palace, Historic site
- Soğukçeşme Sokak, Gülhane, Istanbul
- 0212 512 04 80
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Wed-Mon 9am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Closed Tuesdays.