Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audio Guide
- Skip the line
- Duration options: 30 minutes - 2 hours
- Optional audio guide
Topkapi Palace's history is vibrant. The building served as the residential, administrative, educational and cultural building of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 of their 624 reigning years. Today it doubles as the Topkapi Palace museum.
Be sure to notice the Fountain of the Executioner next to the ticket windows before you head in. This is where the executioner would wash his hand and sword after a decapitation.
This impressive building of hundreds of rooms where the sultan and his family lived has been restored in lush ornate fashion. It’s a separate ticket, but definitely worth it.
The Topkapi Palace diamond is the pride of the palace. The riches in the Treasury are not purely aesthetics, they make up the complex Topkapi Palace history.
Relics from the Prophet Mohammed and Moses, among others, are collectively called the Sacred Trusts.
You’ll need at least half a day to explore the palace, but make a whole day out of it to really take it all in. Try to arrive at opening to avoid the crowds!
You’ll get denied entrance to the Sacred Relics Department if you’re showing some skin. No shorts, short skirts or sleeveless shirts are permitted. It is the holiest section of Topkapi Palace, Turkey.
Along with the harem section, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul houses four courtyards or “avlu.” Shade or eateries for resting aren’t too hard to find. There’s a café and a restaurant in the first courtyard, a second café in the third courtyard, and a second restaurant in the fourth.
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Me and wife want to thank Mr. Matt. We both enjoyed the whole tour, it was a great day. He interspersed history with humour and kept us all interested. He gave us time to explore on our own, as well as guide us though the historical sites. We were very lucky to have had him as our tour guide.
Guide: Mehmet-Abi Hello, it was an amazing day Our Guide had always an answer to every Question we asked him and he was so kind to us His English Skills were perfect and everybody understood him I can fully recommend the Tour Greetings / Selam Adnan and Sadina
The guide was super Mehmet showed us the best places within a short time.I would recommend this tour to everyone whomwants to see a lot of Istanbul within a short time.
Numan is a great guide! He's very pleasant, knowledgeable and flexible. He accommodated to our interests and thanks to him our stay in Istanbul was wonderful
Mehmit, our tour guide, was extremely friendly and provided enough contextual history after visiting each attraction. Would definitely recommend