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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. The Harem of the palace was home to the Sultan's mother, his concubines, wives,... 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
#5 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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