Across Istanbul, visitors can find palaces that symbolise the grandeur of Turkey’s Ottomon history. So naturally, visiting an Istanbul palace or two is an essential part of any holidaymaker’s itinerary.
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Topkapı Palace is perhaps the most famous in Istanbul. Built in the 15th century, this magnificent building was the first Ottoman Palace and the main home of Ottoman Sultans in the region up until the 19th century.
Today, Topkapı Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been home to a museum since the 1920s. The palace museum houses exhibits that offer insight into palace life, including images of its treasury, kitchens and its harem, as well as important Islamic relics.
As one of Istanbul’s most visited attractions, Topkapı's picturesque location and the shores of the River Bosphorous that surround it means make it one of the most photographed sights in the city. And if you’re simply looking for a place to relax, then the palace grounds offer an inviting haven in Istanbul.
Other palaces in Istanbul
Topkapı is just one of several impressive palaces worth a stop on any visit to this beautiful city. Yildiz, Beylerbeyi and Ciragan palaces each offer the opportunity to learn more about Turkey's unique history and culture.
For a unique blend of traditional and modern Turkey, Dolmabahçe Palace is well worth a visit. The palace boasts some 250 rooms, six Turkish baths, an enormous ballroom and impressive pier. In 1856 became the Ottomans’ central building, and was later used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s first president. Today, the palace is still an official government building, with a special museum open to visitors who want to learn about its history and significance.