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Topkapi Palace

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Kariye Museum

Both are praised by professional reviewers. On balance, Topkapi Palace scores significantly better than Kariye Museum. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with praise from 9 reviews including concierge.com, Michelin Guide and Lonely Planet.

Both are praised by professional reviewers. On balance, Topkapi Palace scores significantly better than Kariye Museum. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with praise from 9 reviews including concierge.com, Michelin Guide and Lonely Planet.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Istanbul
location

Babıhümayun Caddesi , Istanbul, Turkey

endorsements
  • 8 endorsements
  • 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 →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    This opulent palace complex is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world's royal residences put together. Full Review →

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88
#10 in Istanbul

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey

  • 6 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    Tucked away in a far corner of the Old City, just by the Edirnekapı gate, is the tiny Kariye Museum, also known as the Chora Church.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The dazzling mosaics and frescoes in the former Church of the Holy Savior in Chora are considered to be among the finest Byzantine artworks in the world. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The original church was built in the 4th century A.D. as part of a monastery complex outside the city walls... but the present structure dates to the 11th century. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    Chora Church requires some serious ceiling-gazing, cramp-in-the-neck-calming skills—you’ll find some of the most beautiful surviving Byzantine art on the domes above your head. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    İstanbul has more than its fair share of Byzantine monuments, but few are as drop-dead gorgeous as the Chora Church. Full Review →

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