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A Brief Information About Topkapı Palace

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First of all, Topkapi Palace is very important due to its location. Because Topkapi Palace area is considered as the first settlement in Istanbul. Officially Istanbul is established by a legenrady man called Byzas. The Ancient Greek Acropolis had been placed at this promontory.

The First Name Of Istanbul

Istanbul had three names in the history: Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. The first name had been given to the very ancient city which rises over the Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu). This is exactly where Topkapi Palace is located.

View Of Bosphorus From Topkapi Palace
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View Of Bosphorus From Topkapi Palace

The Ancient Columns Of Topkapi Palace

The Byzantium‘s remnants had been used as recycled materials during the time of Romans and Byzantines. People of Byzantine Empire, used these aged Greek columns during the construction of Basilica Cistern.

Ottomans also did not ignore the beauty of Byzantium‘s elegant columns and used then in Topkapi Palace. Therefore numerous columns which adornes the Topkapi Palace, originally dates back to ancient ages.

Columns Surrounding The Sultan’s Audience Hall
Columns Surrounding The Sultan’s Audience Hall

Who Built Topkapi Palace & When It Was Built?

Topkapi Palace is built by Ottoman Ruler Mehmed II, following the conquest of Constantinople by Turks. It took 17 years to build this massive palace in the 15th Century. 25 Ottoman Sultans had lived here up until the royalty moved to Dolmabahce Palace in 1856.

However Topkapi Palace is never completely abandoned, since the royal treasury and sacred relics were kept in there. Ottoman Sultans paid regular visits to the palace, even tough they were living in the Dolmabahce Palace which is placed along Bosphorus.

Topkapi Dagger As One Of The Most Valuable Piece Of Treasury
Topkapi Dagger

Why Ottomans Needed To Build A New Palace?

When Ottomans captured the Constantinople, it’s reported that Sultan Mehmed could not find what he had expected. Constantinople had been known as the most civilized city of Medieval Ages. Yet, after the Sack Of Constantinople by the Latins (1204-1261) the city was badly damaged and never really recovered again.

There used to be a world-famous Roman Palace in the heart of Istanbul Old City. Unfortunately Byzantines never afford to fix it after the Latin invasion. The Emperors had lived in Palace of Blachernae which was located by Golden Horn.

Following the conquest of the city, Sultan Mehmed immediately checked the condition of Hagia Sophia and Great Roman Palace, which were no more than ruins. He commanded his men to fix Hagia Sophia and leave the Byzantine Palace to its destiny. He dreamed of building his own palace on the first settlement of the city: Byzantium.

Topkapi Palace Located On A Hill Near Seraglio Point
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Historic Journey From Topkapi Palace To Dolmabahce Palace

Topkapi Palace had been intended to be the a castle-palace. Sultan Mehmed planned to make the administrative meetings, receive his guests and practise for battles. It was built for business purposes without the Harem Section (Privy Chamber) in its structural plan.

However, during the rule of Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent, his wife: Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana) moved the Harem from Old Palace (Nearby Grand Bazaar) to Topkapi Palace.

Each and every Ottoman Ruler added a pavillion, house or somehow changed the structural plan of gardens. Eventually palace became much more busy than its 15th Century foundations.

Sultan Abdulmecid, decided to move to a new palace. Therefore he built the Dolmabahce Palace. He though that the Topkapi Palace was too old to fulfill the necessities of protocol in 19th Century. Thus the royal family moved to Dolmabahce Palace to live by the Bosphorus.

Sultan’s Room In The Harem Privy Chamber
Sultan’s Room

Recommended Small Group Tours to Visit Topkapi Palace

GetYourGuide offers budget-friendly Half-Day Topkapi Palace + Harem Tours. Duration of the tour is 3 hours and easy to cancel in case you change your mind. This tour comes with free entry ticket and includes Guided Topkapi Palace & Harem Visits. You can Book Your Topkapi Palace and Harem Tour to join the recommended tour activity.


Topkapi Palace Entrance Fee 2018

Admission fee is 40 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 25 Turkish Lira. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum.

Imperial Council (Divan) Of Topkapi Palace
Imperial Council (Divan-i Humayun)

Topkapı Palace Visiting Hours 2018

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


Working Days For Topkapi Palace Museum 2018

Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesday. The off-day does not change according to season as in the Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace is closed on the same day during the High and Low seasons without any change.


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Topkapi Palace Entrance (Admission) Fee 2018 was last modified: July 17th, 2018 by Serhat Engül

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