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Topkapi Palace

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Rumeli Fortress

Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress are both rated very highly by professional reviewers writing for major publications. Overall, Topkapi Palace is the choice of most professionals compared to Rumeli Fortress. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with accolades from 9 sources like concierge.com, Afar Magazine and Lonely Planet.

Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress are both rated very highly by professional reviewers writing for major publications. Overall, Topkapi Palace is the choice of most professionals compared to Rumeli Fortress. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with accolades from 9 sources like concierge.com, Afar Magazine and Lonely Planet.

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 →

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

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82
#17 in Istanbul

Tarabya Yenikoy Cad., Istanbul, Turkey

  • 4 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    Built on a hill overlooking the water, Rumeli Hisarı is the best preserved of all the fortresses on the Bosphorus and well worth a visit. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    This citadel was built by Mehmet the Conqueror across from the Anatolia Fortress... in preparation for what was to be the seventh and final Ottoman siege of the fortified Byzantine city. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    Just before the Fatih Bridge are the majestic structures of Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı (Fortress of Anatolia). Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    The towers and crenellated walls of the imposing ramparts of the Rumeli Hisari (1452) can be seen on the European shore of the Bosphorus, resembling a long stone snake. Full Review →

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