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Topkapi Palace
Holiday Travel Guide

Stately home to the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years with an array of Turkish design and foreign art.

The Topkapi Palace covers over 70 hectares at the place where the city was founded, and is surrounded by more than five kilometres of walls. Despite being a 15th-century building, it is excellently preserved, and was opened to the public in 1924 by Kemal Ataturk, the 'Father of the Turks'.

As well as the aesthetic pleasures of the architecture and art, the palace also boasts fantastic views over the famed Golden Horn, the Bosphorus Strait and the Sea of Marmara.

With its many high gates and pleasant, tree-filled courtyards, the Topkapi Palace is a enjoyable place to explore. These courtyards are also home to a wide-ranging collection of Turkish art and to numerous attractive features on the buildings' structure. Furthermore, a collection of over 12,000 pieces of porcelain from China and Japan are on show in the kitchens. There are a wide range of sultan's buildings, as each ruler in turn left their mark and added to the architecture on show.

A large section of the palace harem is open to visitors – this was the area where the sultan and his family lived, along with their concubines and eunuchs. Due to the fact that outsiders were not permitted to enter the harem, a shroud of myth and mystery came to cover it in the Western imagination. The 40-room section for the sultan's mother can be explored, as can the baths and domed hall where the sultan himself would relax.

The Hagia Irene, a former mosque, has been converted into a concert hall. It can also be visited as a museum, but special permission is required for entry.

There is no official guided tour service at the Topkapi Palace, but a large number of private tour guides offer their services outside the ticket offices. Open daily, except on Tuesdays.

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The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 19 Mar to 20 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Galata Tower and Mixer. Taksim Square and Suleymaniye ...

4/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"The view of the hotel is excellent. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, the staff are cheerful at all times and they have 24 hour room service"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (941 reviews)

"The staff of breakfast eara were professional n kind ,we got a good service n hospitality every single day also the restaurant up stairs had a good service n nice view of ocean which we enjoy it a lot In general everything was great n they were professional We had our COVID test in hotel that was ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2021

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Ankara Caddesi No: 12 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of New Mosque, The Egyptian Bazaar and Basilica Cistern. Grand ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (871 reviews)

"Very clean hotel and very nice and helpful staff!!! All staff are helpful and nice attitude. The hotel located in best location literally minutes walking from grand bazar, Egyptian bazar, close to all restaurants, close to Galata tower. Very recommended."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Levni Hotel & Spa
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The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 19 Mar to 20 Mar
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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
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Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Ankara Caddesi No: 12 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
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Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM88 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
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Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM257 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar
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Hotel Sultania- Boutique Class
Hotel Sultania- Boutique Class
4.5 out of 5
Ebusuud Caddesi Mehmet Murat Sok. No 4, Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
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Erten Konak - Special Class
Erten Konak - Special Class
4 out of 5
Akbiyik Caddesi, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sokak 8/10, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM89 per night from 29 Mar to 30 Mar
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Miss Istanbul Hotel & Spa
Miss Istanbul Hotel & Spa
Hocapasa Mahallesi, Darüssaade Sk. No 3, Sirkeci Fatih, Istanbul
The price is RM157 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
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Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
5 out of 5
Divanyolu Cd. Alemdar Mah., Ticarethane Sk. No 10 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM362 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
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