Topkapi Palace Museum
#7 in Istanbul
Enter one of the most secreted places in history. Topkapı Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for more than 600 years and Istanbul Tourist Pass is opening the doors of this marvelous palace to you. Being the most visited museum of Turkey, Topkapı Palace not only shows you how a Sultan’s life was, but also many exhibitions of great variety. Topkapı Palace witnessed the Ottoman history since the conquest of Constantinople, now it is your turn…
Don’t waste valuable time you could spend inside the magnificent museum. Skip the long ticket queues and spend it witnessing the sultans’ palace instead.
The Topkapı Palace was the house of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, who were once ruling over lands spanning 3 continents. It was built during the reign of the sultan who conquered Constantinople, Sultan Mehmed II; used as the headquarter of the empire until the Dolmabahçe Palace was built, and converted to a museum in 1924.
The Imperial Harem was the private section dedicated to the family of the Sultan and their servants. The number of people living inside was so considerable that the harem at the Topkapı Palace included close to 400 apartments. Access to this area was usually restricted to the Sultan and very close relatives. Likewise, leaving the harem required an special authorization. The harem also had some political influence in the empire. Some of the women in it gained so much power that they had a saying in the government affairs. This was specially the case when the newly elected Sultans were not old enough to be able to rule.
Avoid paying the €11 admission fee at the Topkapi Palace Museum and skip the ticket queues with Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & schedule
The museum is open between 9am - 6.45pm during Summer Season (April 15th - October 1st) and between 9am - 4.45pm during Winter Season (October 1st - April 15th).
How to get there?
Topkapi Palace Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square. It is very close to the T1 Tram Line's Sultanahmet Square Stop and Bigbus' Sultanahmet Stop. It falls behind the Hagia Sophia.
Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission at the Topkapi Palace Museum. On top of that, they get to skip the ticket queues! The pass will give you one time admission to the museum. You can stay inside for as long as you wish until it closes; but you can not reenter once you leave.
Please note that this attraction is not accessible with the mobile pass that is e-mailed to you after purchase. You need to use the MuseumPass card to enter to the museum which comes free with your Istanbul Tourist Pass purchase.
The museum is open every day except Tuesdays.
The museum is also closed during the first days of the religious holidays until the afternoon.
People Topkapi Palace Museum
"Amazing place to see. More for history lovers than architecture freaks. To avoid long queues take a private tour. It only lasts 1hour and you will see everything with professional interpretation (app. 100TLR/person + entrance fee). Spectacular view and beautiful gardens. Visited in February so could not see flowers but if you have a chance to go during spring time, you will get to see those beautiful tulips and roses everywhere. "
"The architecture there was amazing and very historic. It was my second visit and I would definitely recommend this museum. The views outside of the bosphorus sea was worth seeing. The ticket price is reasonable- 8 GBP - approx 42 TL. It is right next to the tram station, therefore in a convenient location. It is also walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Grand bazaar and Hagia Sophia museum. "
"Fantastic history here. From the Ottoman Empire to the Sultans to the religion of Islam, all has a place in this fantastic museum that used to be lived in by the sultans. One area has a balcony overlooking the majority of Istanbul for those who want the perfect picture. Excellent visit and well worth the 40 TL (approx £8) that we paid for it. ?>"