Where is the Topkapi Palace located in Istanbul: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

In 1478 Mehmet the Conqueror constructed Topkapi Palace to be used as the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire and the residence of the Sultans for 380 years. The Topkapi Palace lost its importance during the 17th century when the Sultans preferred to build along the Bosphorus instead. In 1923 at the end of the Ottoman Empire, the Topkapi Palace became a Museum. Heritage Site.

Short History

A must see:

The Summer Pavilion was built by Sultan Ibrahim in 1640.  It was used for the circumcision ceremonies of the Crown Princes.  The walls are covered with rare specimens of Ottoman Tiles.   

Top Tips

- book your skip the line ticket in advance to avoid the crowds - different entrance times during Summer and Winter - arrive early to avoid the crowds - allow at least half a day - purchase the Harem ticket it is worth it

The Exterior of the HaremThe Harem means ‘ a place forbidden’. It is where the mother of the Sultan lived with the concubines and wives of the Sultan.  The Topkapi Palace Harem has 300 rooms, 9 Turkish Baths, 2 Mosques and 1 hospital.  Only certain people could enter the Harem: – the Sultan – the Queen Mother – the Consorts – the Princes – the concubines – the eunuchs who guarded the harem

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Skip the line and enter the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. Enjoy a guided tour inside and see the four courtyard museum including the Audience Hall, High Court, Historical Kitchens, and The Treasury.