"Topkapi Palace" Topkapi Palace Tip by Birsen

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  Inside the Palace
by Birsen

Topkapi Palace which was built by Mehmet The Conqueror between the years 1462 and 1478 was constructed at Seraglio Point surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus . It is located on the first hill of old city. Topkapi Palace is one of the finest examples of the Ottoman civil architecture in existence. After harems were added to it Suleyman moved with all his harem to the new palace. Topkapi Palace, the greatest residence of The Ottoman Dynasty, is one of the best museums in the world. This vast and fascinating complex served as Imperial residence for the Ottoman Empire for more than four centuries.
Topkapi Palace consisted of three courts and a large terrace. The first court was open to the public but the second court requiresd special permission to enter. The third court was reserved for servants, court officials and students, This court had a mint. the Ministry of Finances, a bakery and a hospital.
The complex of the harem has 400 rooms,10 baths, 2 mosques, a hospital and a prison. The most influential person in the harem after the sultan was the sultan's mother. The third most important person in the harem was the Chief Black Eunuch.
The terrace is decorated with several pavilions, the most beautiful being the Bagdat Pavilion which was built to commemorate the conquest of Bagdat in 1638. Other pavillions include The Revan Pavilion which was built in 1631, The Mecidiye Pavilion built in the 18th century and the Sofa Pavilion built in 1704.

Topkapi Palace Museum is open between 9:00 am-5:00 pm everyday except for Tuesdays.
Tickets are purchased in the gateway to the Second Court. The tickets cost 12.000.000 TL.( 7 EUR) per person . The treasury section needs a separate admission fee and costs 10.000.000 TL. There is a discounted fee for the students.

The tours to Harem are operated every half hour from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. The tickets cost 15.000.000 TL( 9 EUR).

Address: Sultanahmet
Directions: The palace is very close to Gulhane Park, the former outermost court of the palace, it dominates Saray Burnu at the tip of the old city, near Ayasofya.
Phone: +90 212 512 0480
Website: http://topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 6, 2005
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