The Ottoman Empire is one of the empires of the world that has reached the largest borders and has maintained its dominance for centuries. Topkapi Palace, where sultans and their families live, is waiting to be seen in the Historic Peninsula with all its glory.
Topkapi Palace Information
The construction of the Topkapı Palace, built on an area of 700,000 square meters on the eastern Roman Acropolis in Istanbul Sarayburnu, began in 1460 upon the order of Fatih after the conquest of Istanbul. The palace, which was completed in 1478, was used as the administration, education and art center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 4 centuries.
The glorious structure, which has been entered through the Sultanate Gate in the direction of Hagia Sophia, consists of 4 intertwined houses. Nowadays, there are large gardens and squares around the palace covering an area of 300,000 square meters. Within the gardens surrounding the palace, many buildings were built in time, including the Tiled Pavilion, the Basketmakers' Pavilion and the Gospel Mansion.
The museum's 300,000-piece collection includes porcelain, utensils, silverware, portraits of sultans, private items, and culturally unique artifacts from all over the world.
Topkapi Palace has several Courtyards. Topkapi Palace Entrance Fee and Opening Hours 2019
Admission fee is 60 Turkish Lira for the entrance. This payment is for a standart palace visit which would probably take at least 2 hours. If you plan to see the Harem Rooms additional ticket costs 35 Turkish Lira. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum.
Topkapi Palace Visiting Hours 2019
Summer (High Season) Schedule
Between April 15th – October 30th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited from 09:00 to 18:45
Winter (Low Season) Schedule
October 30th – April 15th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited from 09:00 to 16:45
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