Places to stay near Topkapi Palace Museum
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The Topkapi Palace was the primary residency of the sultans. It is a complex with heaps of buildings a huge garden area overlooking the Bosporus. I was impressed when I entered the first room and couldn’t believe that the rooms were getting more impressive the more you see. There are classy decorated domes and mosaics, simply splendid! The entrance fee is 25 TL for the palace complex. If you want to visit the Harem as well which is the area were the sultan’s family and their servants lived undisturbed, you have to pay another 15 TL. Both is included in the Museum Pass.
The Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı) is the imperial enclave of the Ottoman emperors for four centuries. It is lavishly decorated and houses some of the Prophet Mohammed’s belongings. (Opening times are Monday, Wednesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00. Entry is 25 TL. Harem is 15 TL)
Sauntered in and out of various parts that make up the palace, looked up historical references and fell in love with the intricate tile work.
It is a large palace in Istanbul, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 4 centuries . It contains important holy relics of the Muslim world. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Need to say anything more ?
Only the palace is the part of the tour which has so much to see and to be said. A guided tour is a must to really understand the meaning of the most popular attractions of Istanbul. In short, the Topkapi Palace was the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans, from Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the Conqueror, until 1856. It became a museum in 1924. Parts of the palace and the Harem, Baghdad Pavilion in Hall Revan, Sofa Pavilion, and the courtroom are distinguished by its architectural heritage, while in other sections artifacts are displayed which reflect the palace life. The museum also has collections from the imperial treasury including Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy etc. It is closed on Tuesday.