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Topkapi Palace

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Pera Museum

Both are rated highly by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Topkapi Palace ranks significantly higher than Pera Museum. Topkapi Palace ranks #1 in Istanbul with approval from 9 reviewers like Let's Go, Afar Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

Both are rated highly by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Topkapi Palace ranks significantly higher than Pera Museum. Topkapi Palace ranks #1 in Istanbul with approval from 9 reviewers like Let's Go, Afar Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Istanbul
location

Babıhümayun Caddesi , Istanbul, Turkey

endorsements
  • 8 endorsements
  • 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    In the harem of Topkapi Palace visitors are plunged into a mythical Orient of a thousand and one treasures and as many fantasies. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    Though it served as the royal residence and seat of the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries, this palace isn’t the mighty pleasure dome that many visitors expect. Full Review →

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84
#13 in Istanbul

Mesrutiyet Cad. No.65, Tepebaşı, Istanbul 34443, Turkey

  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    A small private museum housed in a grand 1893 building (the former Bristol Hotel), the Pera showcases a diverse range of exhibits. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    The museum’s best-known painting is Osman Hamdi Bey’s strangely funny The Tortoise Trainer, which the Pera bought for $3.5 million in 2004. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Head to this museum to admire works from Suna and İnan Kıraç's splendid collection of paintings featuring Turkish Orientalist themes. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    Displays on two floors part of the private collection of the Kirac Foundation. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    Set in a lavish 19th-century mansion overlooking the Golden Horn, the privately funded museum stages exhibitions such as a show of Kutahya pottery and Orientalist portraits from the late Ottoman era. Full Review →

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