03484 - Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
photo by xiquinhosilva

Standing at the eastern side of Istanbul’s old city is the lavish Topkapi Palace that was the centre of the Ottoman Empires rule for more than 400 years. The palace dates back to 1459 when Sultan Mehmet II ordered it’s construction, and today is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to some incredible Ottoman architecture, relics and treasures, including the prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword. Topkapi Palace is open to visitors each day except Tuesdays, from 9am to 7pm, and entrance to all areas of the site will set you back approximately 35 Turkish Lira (£15)*.

East of Istanbul’s old city district lies the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the focal point of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. It was Sultan Mehmet ll who ordered its construction back in 1459 and is today classified as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Topkapi Palace houses lots of relics and treasures amongst some stunning Ottoman architecture including prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword. The elaborate palace is open to the public everyday apart from Tuesday’s from 9am to 7pm and tickets cost 35 Turkish Lira (equivalent to £15).

  • Times and prices are correct at 25th May 2010

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