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Topkapi Palace

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Dolmabahce Palace

Both are highly recommended by professional travelers. Overall, Topkapi Palace ranks slightly higher than Dolmabahce Palace. Topkapi Palace ranks #1 in Istanbul with accolades from 9 reviews like Afar Magazine, Afar Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

Both are highly recommended by professional travelers. Overall, Topkapi Palace ranks slightly higher than Dolmabahce Palace. Topkapi Palace ranks #1 in Istanbul with accolades from 9 reviews like Afar Magazine, Afar Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Istanbul
location

Babıhümayun Caddesi , Istanbul, Turkey

endorsements
  • 8 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Topkapi Palace was where the Sultans lived for most of their 600 year rule over the Ottoman Empire Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    If you're stuck for time, limit yourself to the main palace and the harem, the most intimate and personal rooms used by the sultans and their many, many women.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Few other royal residences match this hilltop compound when it comes to mystery, intrigue, and the lavish intricacies of court life. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Topkapi Palace should be at the top of the list for anyone interested in the vast and exotic world behind the seraglio walls. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    The views are luxurious, the buildings overwhelmingly crafted, and the treasures outrageous. Full Review →

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93
#6 in Istanbul

Dolmabahce Besiktas Istanbul, Istanbul 34357, Turkey

  • 7 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    The Dolmabahçe (“dol-ma-bah-chey”) Palace is European through and through. Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    Often overlooked by visitors, this is one of Istanbul's most lavish and extravagant attractions.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The name Dolmabahçe means "filled-in garden," from the fact that Sultan Ahmet I (ruled 1603–17) had an imperial garden planted here on land reclaimed from the sea. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    The extravagant collection of objets d'art represents just a small percentage of items presented to the occupants of the palace over the years. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    It has 285 rooms, 68 toilets, 44 halls, and six hamams. Full Review →

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