"Charming Palace from Romantic Era" Topkapi Palace Tip by seasonedveteran

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul: 277 reviews and 656 photos

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This palace is very old and houses some extremely precious treasures from Mecca in Saudi Arabia, such as Golden Candles that weighs several tons, John the Baptist relics, and the bow and hairs from the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). The architecture is clearly from an age of Islam's golden era, and a level of quality in oriental art and mastery found nowhere else in many of the gold gilded ceilings. Dont miss the Harem tour. It is very very good, to see where the family of the royal Sultan dwelled.

There are many areas of interest. Decide from the grand map where you would like, but dont miss the jewellry and precious artifacts rooms. The sword of Topkapi from indiana jones movies is showcased, but there is a particular diamond the size of plum! it is amazing, and also lots of other artifacts with so many diamonds it dazzles any skeptic. The Sword of Mehmet the Conquerer who took over Constantinople and made it into Istanbul for the Muslim ottoman empire is also here, in the weaponry rooms. very cool!

This palace is highly pleasant and right from the moment of passing the grand gates your journey begins through the impressive inner gates as you walk and view the enormous trees around. Enjoying topkapi palace also equates to enjoying the great views of istanbul since these relaxing and idyllic courtyards allow you to overlook the calming Sea of marmara. Actually it is very romantic to see the sea, the forest around the palace, the spacious courtyards with enchanting canopies of oriental architecture, and most of all, istanbul spread over the intercontinental connection of the golden horn

TIP: The audioguides are very good, and play music while you stroll through the royal gardens. Listen to it entirely, and make sure you spend the whole morning here!

Address: Sultanahmet
Phone: +90 212 512 0480
Website: http://topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 27, 2008
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