skip to Main Content

Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul

Istanbul city & travel guides. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul. Video by YourIstanbul

The Topkapi Palace museum is one of the must-see attractions to visit in Istanbul. The palace visited by thousands of tourists every year (796.588 visitors in 2013) is located on hill 1 of 7 hills, the Seraglio (Sarayburnu) Point, overlooking the Golden Horn, Marmara Sea and Bosphorus.

Plan your trip to Istanbul!

The palace was built in 1459-1465 after the conquest of Constantinople and served the Ottoman Empire until 1856 when the palace was moved to the Dolmabahce Palace along the Bosphorus coast.

The Topkapi Palace is not a one building structure like the European palaces, but it is a complex of several pavilions and flats. While the population of the palace was only 750 people during the period of Mehmet The Conquerer’s rule, the number increased in time and in 19th century it became 5.000 people before the Ottoman Palace was moved to the Dolmabahce Palace in Besiktas along the Bosphorus.

Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and more: Istanbul City Tour

This unique Ottoman Palace hosts the collections of legendary treasures collected by the Ottoman emperors in a period of centuries, thrones, jewelery, Turkish fabric wovens with silk and artificial fibers, silk caftans, garments of the emperors, guns and valuable prayer rugs and many more. Also the worldwide famous Topkapi dagger, Throne of Nadir Shah and Kasikci diamond are also exhibited in the Topkapi Palace.

Ottoman Tour with the Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace Museum Facts & Figures

  • The name translates as “Cannon Gate Palace” from a nearby gate which has since been destroyed.
  • The palace was built over the acropolis of the ancient Byzantion.
  • The total size of the complex varies from around 592,600 square meters to 700,000 square meters.
  • The Topkapi Palace Museum is among the monuments contained within the “Historic areas of Istanbul”, which became a UNESCO world Heritage in 1985.
  • The Topkapi Palace Museum contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including the Prophet Muhammed’s cloak and sword.
  • The Topkapı Palace was transformed into a museum in 1924.

Tours & Activities

Plan your trip to Istanbul!

Plan your Istanbul travel in 3 steps: First book the cheapest flight to Istanbul, then book the best Istanbul hotel and finally choose Istanbul tours, tickets and activities for an amazing Istanbul travel.

1. Book your flight to Istanbul!

Search flights to Istanbul, get the best flight deals to Istanbul, book your flight to Istanbul online and enjoy this amazing city in your vacation!

Book your flight ticket to Istanbul »

2. Book your Istanbul hotel! is a leading online hotel price comparison website searching hotels from all major travel websites if you are looking for the best Istanbul hotel deals.

Book your Istanbul hotel »

Istanbul Airport Transfers

Take the worry out of your arrival or departure at the airport and save money on the fastest transfers to the center of Istanbul.

Istanbul airport transfers & ground transportation »

3. Get your Istanbul tour guide!

Book your Istanbul tour tickets for top attractions in & around Istanbul! offers the best Istanbul tours, the lowest prices, fast & easy booking.

Get your Istanbul tour guide »
Book your Turkey culinary vacations »
Book your Turkey yoga retreat holidays »

Visit Dem Turkish Center Bookstore and download Turkish language learning books & lessons for self-study – with audios & answer keys

Turkish Language Membership

Turkish Language Bookstore

Turkish Language Books

Turkish Language Lessons

Turkish Language Worksheets

Teach Yourself Turkish

Turkish Language Courses

Turkish Language Classes

Study Turkish in Turkey

Turkish language bookstore

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top