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type Type
: Museum
type Entrance Fee
: 30.00 Turkish Lira (Additional Harem is 15.00 Turkish Lira)
type Visiting Hours
: Summer Between 09:00 - 18:00 Hours / Winter Between 09:00 - 17.00 Hours
type Closed Days
: Every Tuesday (Open Days & Hours may change by Official & Public Holidays)

The Topkapi Palace is one of the most visited museums in Istanbul because of its unique architecture, its spectacular location, and its important role in history. It was not only the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, but also the administrative and educational center for the Ottoman Empire until the beginning of the 1850s. 

The Topkapi Palace was built between 1460-1478 by Sultan Mehmet II, the Conqueror, of Constantinople, expanded in time undergoing several changes. In 1856, Sultan Abdulmecid I moved to the newly constructed Dolmabahce Palace, which was built in Western architectural style on the shores of the Bosphorus. In 1924, the Topkapi Palace was converted into a museum by Ataturk.

The museum today is spread over a 400,000 square-meter area and features many structures such as pavilions, apartments, and official residences built around a series of gardens and courtyards.

Highlights in Topkapi Palace Museum

  • The Treasury
  • The Tower of Justice and The Divan
  • The Sacred Reliques
  • The Harem
  • The Armory


  • It has been on the Unesco World Heritage list since 1985.
  • The Justice Tower symbolizes that the Ottoman Empire respected justice deeply.
  • Only authorized people could pass through the Gate of Salutation (Bab-us Selam), and they had to be on foot. Only Ottoman Sultans could pass on a horse.
  • The Harem section, which has about 400 rooms, was where the sultan kept his concubines under the supervision of his mother.
  • Around 4000 individuals probably lived in the palace.
  • The windows and door shutters of the palace are full of mother of pearls in geometric patterns.
  • The Topkapi Palace Museum houses many rare treasures, including an 86-carat diamond, also called the Spoonmaker's Diamond, one of the largest diamonds in the world.


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