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Topkapi Palace tickets get you access to one of the most stunning marvels of Ottoman architecture and take you on a tour of one of Istanbul’s most iconic museums. Skip the long queues and chaos at the Imperial Palace Gates with your skip-the-line tickets. You can also avail of a multilingual audio guide that will narrate all interesting tidbits to you in your native language.Book your tickets online for availing various discounts and combo deals, which will make sure that you get the best experience from the lot. The palace is considered to be one of the most significant parts of the Ottoman empire, hence making an advance booking for its ticket would be a wise decision. You can schedule your visit according to your schedule and make the best use of the tickets by being well informed and prepared before your visit. Book your tickets with us and get best priced tickets with full customer support.

About Topkapi Palace

One of the most stunning architectural marvels of the Ottoman Empire, the Topkapi Palace adorns the beautiful skyline of Istanbul as a symbol of its glorious past. It was in 1856 that the Sultans shifted their base to Dolmabahce Palace, and the Topkapi Palace became a part of the past.

The Palace currently serves as a museum and library in the Turkish capital city. Once you enter the royal palace, be enthralled by its gorgeous architecture and meet new people as you embark on your guided tour.

Listen to stories and valuable information from your knowledgeable guide as you admire the intricate designs and mosaics on the walls and ceilings of the palace. Explore the unmatched collections of Topkapi Palace Museum that include artefacts and art from the Ottoman era. Relish in the marvellous sights of Ottoman wealth and power as you walk through the four courtyards and the Harem.

The palace complex has four lavish courtyards adorned with ornate designs, inscriptions, and three sets of decorated structures. The first courtyard does not have much architectural significance, but the second courtyard, which houses army barracks, stables, halls, and kitchens, served as the administrative base inside Topkapi Palace. The third courtyard is the most architecturally endowed portion of the Palace, while the fourth courtyard had structures that had leisure purposes.

Topkapi Palace’s Highlights

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Ottoman Imperial Palace

The Topkapi Palace Istanbul was the imperial residence of the Ottomans and also served as their administrative and financial centre. A symbol of the wealth and might of the Ottoman Sultans, the Topkapi Palace has four lavish courtyards adorned with ornate designs, inscriptions, and three sets of decorated structures. The Palace has army barracks, stables, halls, kitchens, mosques, gardens, leisure structures, ornate gates, and a Harem. It was the pride of the Ottomans for centuries and currently functions as a museum and a library.

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Imperial Gate Inside Topkapi Palace
First Court

Topkapi Palace tickets take you to the largest of all courtyards inside Topkapi Palace, the First Courtyard, which was also renowned as the Parade Court or the Court of the Janissaries. Surrounded by massive walls, the courtyard served as a park or an outer precinct, where many of the original structures do not exist anymore. The Hagia Irene, which is Istanbul’s only pre-Ottoman era church, is located here. Other important structures include the Imperial Mint, the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, the Fountain of the Executioner where the executioner is said to have washed hands after an execution. Witness the crenellated Gate of Salutation, which takes you to the Second Courtyard, is embellished with two huge, pointed octagonal towers.

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Second Court

The Second Courtyard, which lay beyond the First Courtyard’s Gate of Salutation, marked the beginning of the private world of the Ottoman royals, where entry was restricted to the unauthorised and the general public. Witness the park-like design of the ‘Diwan Square’ with your Topkapi Palace tickets, which houses many barracks, pavilions, audience chambers, kitchens, sleeping quarters, and kiosks constructed around a central open space. The major highlights of the courtyard today are the Palace kitchens and the Chinese porcelain collection, along with the Imperial Council, the Imperial Treasury, and the Arms Collection of Topkapi Palace Museum.

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Harem Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace Harem was the private residential quarters of the Ottoman royal family. One of the most magnificent creations that you can witness with your Topkapi Palace tickets, the prominent structures here include the private apartments of the concubines and the Sultan’s consorts. This also includes Apartments of the Valide Sultan, Reception Room, Privy Chamber of Murat III, and the Twin Apartments of the Crown Prince. The Harem is the most gorgeous example of Topkapi Palace architecture, with its 300-plus adorned rooms bringing alive the glory of the Ottoman empire even today.

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Third Court

The Second Courtyard’s Gate of Felicity takes you to the Third Courtyard, which was the Ottoman Sultan’s residence. The courtyard was designed as the centre of Palace life, although Sultans in later periods shifted inward to the Fourth Courtyard. Some of the best-designed structures flaunting Topkapi Palace architecture surround the lush garden. Your Topkapi Palace tickets let you explore the Privy Chamber, Audience Chamber, Imperial Treasury, Enderun Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Mosque of the Agas, and the Dormitory of the Royal Pages. The courtyard also houses the Miniature and Portrait Gallery of the Topkapi Palace Museum.

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Imperial Treasury

Among the oldest structures inside Topkapi Palace is the Imperial Treasury, also known as the Conqueror’s Pavilion. The structure, which is included in your Topkapi Palace tickets, has two floors constructed on a terrace above the garden. The upper floor has four chambers while the lower floor has service rooms, all of which open onto the Third Courtyard. The Topkapi Palace Museum Treasury houses an impressive collection of heirlooms, artworks, and jewellery belonging to the Ottoman Sultans. Some iconic pieces include Sultan Mustafa III armour, Murad IV’s ebony throne, Topkapi Dagger, Ahmed I’s walnut throne, Spoonmaker’s Diamond, and Sultan Mahmud I’s throne.

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Fourth Court

Walking through the Third Courtyard takes you to the innermost residential quarters of the royal family. The Fourth Courtyard, also referred to as the Sofa-i-Humayun, houses the Palace’s pleasure pavilions, and has many kiosks, terraces and gardens. Originally a part of the Third Courtyard, it has been given a separate standing to distinguish it better. The Fourth Courtyard houses some of the most stunning examples of Ottoman architecture that is adorned by many designers. Explore the Circumcision Room, Yerevan Kiosk, Baghdad Kiosk, Iftar Kiosk, Terrace Kiosk, and the Tower of the Head Tutor with your Topkapi Palace tickets.

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Topkapi Palace History

It was in the mid-fifteenth century, after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, that Sultan Mehmed II commissioned the construction of an imperial palace. Sultan Mehmed II commissioned the construction of an imperial palace that was a testament to the wealth and might of the Ottoman empire, and thus began the story of the Topkapi Palace. Later Sultans, like Suleyman the Magnificent, added to the royal palace and by the end of the sixteenth century, the palace gained its present-day appearance. It was in 1856 that the Sultans shifted their base to Dolmabahce Palace. The Palace currently serves as a museum and library in the Turkish capital city.

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Topkapi Palace Architecture

The palace complex, which you can explore with Topkapi Palace tickets, consists of four lavish courtyards adorned with ornate designs, inscriptions, and three sets of decorated structures. The first courtyard does not have much architectural significance, but the second courtyard, which houses army barracks, stables, halls, and kitchens, served as the administrative base inside Topkapi Palace. The third courtyard is the most architecturally endowed portion of the Topkapi Palace. Serving as the Royal residence, the structures here include the Throne Room, Palace school, mosque, and the intricately-designed Harem. The fourth courtyard had structures that had leisure purposes, like the dominant Tulip Garden and the Circumcision Room.

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Plan a Visit
Facilities and Tips
Topkapi Palace
  • Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
  • How to get there:By Bus: The nearest bus stops are Akbiyik and Sarayburnu. Hop on buses 28T, 30D, 46C, 47E, 99A, BN1, or EM1 to reach your destination.By Tram – Take Tram T1 to Gulhane Istasyonu or Sultanahmet, which are the nearest stations from the Palace.By Train – The nearest station is Marmaray Sirkeci İstasyonu. Take the Atakoy-Pendik (Marmaray) line to reach here, and then take a taxi or walk to the Palace.By Car/Taxi – Taxis in Istanbul run by the metre fare, so do not fret about overcharging. The nearest car parking facilities are at Sports Car Park or Otopark.
  • Best time to visit: It is recommended that you visit Topkapi Palace on Monday mornings. The crowds are less on this day, so you get to explore the Palace at leisure. It is advised you do not visit the Palace on Wednesdays and Fridays as those are the days when the crowds are at their maximum.

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