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Topkapi Palace Museum Half Day Tour Istanbul
"Located in Istanbul the Topkapi Palace Museum is the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula.It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest brimming with items of historical importance.The only catch is it is so enormous you almost can't see due to the embarrassment of riches and the sheer size of the place. Since it covers 80 acres don't make the mistake of heading into the wrong direction. You will find yourself walking three times too far. Here is what you can expect to see in the first second
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Ottoman Relics Walking Tour in Istanbul
"Topkapi Palace: this extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman might for nearly 400 years.The building is a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collectio robes weapons shields armorsOttoman miniatures Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.( Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entry )Grand Bazaar: the largest covered market in the world with more than 60 stre
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Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour
"The group tour starts with the visit to Saint - Sophia Church (Church Of The Holy Wisdom): Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus St. Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture; after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople it was covered into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and into a museum by Ataturk in 1935. Mosque Of Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque): Built in 1609 it is - with its 6 minarets facing Ayasofya- the last great imperial mosque of the classical period; its name comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. Hippodrome: It was a horse-racing track and also the spor the Obelisk of Emperor Theodosius and the bronze Serpentine Column are the monuments embellishing the Hippodrome. Topkapi Palace: This extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of Ottoman might for nearly 400 robes weapons
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Sultan's baths

The Baths of the Sultan and the Queen Mother, dating from the late 16th century, and decorated in Rococo style in the 18th, consist of multiple rooms - a caldarium, a tepidarium and a frigidarium. The...
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Apr 17, 2016

Furnaces

One of the interesting details in the palace is the eating system. Each room has a fireplace, with different models but all of them well decorated, carefully matching the room. Those in the Harem are...
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Apr 17, 2016

Salutation Gate

The entrance to the second yard is made through a beautiful gate. It was the place where the foreigner visitors should dismount and wait for permission to enter thus justifying the name. It is not...
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Apr 17, 2016

Ahmet III Library

In the centre of the third yard there's a square building built in the 18th century to house the sultan's library. It's a very harmonious building, with a domed large space and porches all around,...
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Apr 17, 2016

Fabulous place

Plan a lot of time to explore it, because there are a lot to see and it also offers a great views on Bosphorus. A do not miss the church of Hagia Irine at the entrance, because it is unique and event...
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jpeter
Jan 27, 2016

The Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace is a huge building, partly open to the public. The area takes up 700.000 square meters.The construction started in 1460 and was finalised in 1478. It has been the residence for all...
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Dec 30, 2015

Luxury and History

The long lines to enter the palace are only beaten by the even longer lines to enter the harem. Of course everybody dreams with that visit, and no one gets disappointed. The palace is fabulous, and...
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solopes
Oct 28, 2014

Gardens

The palace is a large complex, with several buildings distributed in a wide and nice garden. An outer gate opens to a wide garden with several nice elements, and including the main complex where the...
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solopes
Sep 30, 2014

Topkapi Palace

Any visitor to Istanbul with even the slightest interest in history is bound to find themselves in the Sultanahmet area which has a wealth of historical sights. One of these is Topkapi Palace. Topkapi...
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IreneMcKay
Sep 27, 2014

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi was the first Ottoman palace to be built, from 1466 to 1478, in the newly conquered capital of the Empire by Mehmet II. For about 400 years, until the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace,...
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Avieira67
Jun 12, 2014

Topkapi Palace - Library of Ahmet III

A beautiful building from the outside and well worth going inside where you will see a beautiful dome ceiling, excellent wall decoration, beautiful windows...The library was built during the early...
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Mikebb
May 03, 2014

Loved This Palace!!

In a word, the Topkapi Palace is, magnificent. It is definitely one of the highlights in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was the residence of sultans and their harems from the 1450's until the middle of the...
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Mar 16, 2014
 
 
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