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Topkapi Palace Museum Detailed Info
The famous Ottoman historian Evliya Çelebi describes The Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) as the loveliest sultanate palaca that human skill could have created. One can not help doing anything but ruling if living in here! If you can come out of this complex gamet hat is made of terraces, corridors, stairs and interior courts; you find yourself in the word of Arabian Nights again. The palace once Ottoman Sultans livied is visited by thousands of visitors from all parts of the world, is the most splendid monument of Istanbul.
The palaca had a concept peculiar to the East, accomandating several qualities in it: The residence of the Sultan and the centre of a world empire, the religious centre of half of the world and the stage that incredible intrigues displayed, the focus of cruel murders and the cradle of breathtaking successes. Once, 4000-5000 people used to live in Topkapi Palace.
This was a city in the city. Fatih Sultan Mehmet decided to have a vast palace built to the ridges. He was planning to have a residential fortress built where Istanbul could be protected best. A high city wall, exdenting from Golden Horn as far as the Sea of Marmara, separating Topkapi Palace from the rest of the city. The Byzantium walls, beginning from the corner of the palace and stretching to Theodosian Walls through the shores of Marmara were protective agains a possible sea attack.
Topkapi Palace, on the other hand, does not have a threatening look despite all those walls, towers and gates. Little pavillions, Turkish baths, workshops, mosques and libraries...
The Palace complex is divided into strictly separeted sections in order to suit its dual status; as the residence of Sultan and the administrative centre of Ottoman Empire.
- Museum hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
- Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
- Harem section can be visited only by a guided tour and tickets should be
- Entrance fees:
- Between $10 to $15 depending on the exchange rate.
- Turkish students and soldiers : Free
- Entrance fee for the Harem section:
- Additional $10 (Only guided tours are allowed in Harem section.)