Topkapi Palace with All Its Glory
The Topkapi Palace, which hosted the Ottoman sultans, is the oldest and largest of the palaces that could have been sunk in the world. Let’s discover the palace which is Ottoman Turkish Empire’s heart, brain and the only center every sense:
The Topkapı Palace has been used as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire for 600 years. The building which witnessed many historical events is the palace where the Ottoman Sultans lived. Topkapi Palace hosted nearly 4000 people during the Ottoman period. The palace built in 1478 by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, now serves as a museum. It was the first time that the beginning of the museum has been encountered during the reign of Abdülmecit. At that time, displaying of the palace treasury items and ancient artifacts to the English ambassadors became a tradition. The purpose of the harem of the palace was to create a state aristocracy by marrying concubines and the people grown in the Enderun School.
During the Ottoman period, the most interesting part of the Topkapi Palace was the Harem. The harem, meaning “sacred place where everyone is not allowed to enter” in Arabic, defines the confidential family life in Muslim countries. The word “harem” was used in two different meaning. The first one refers to the “sultan’s harem”, that is his family, and the second one to the place where his family lived in.
Within the Topkapı Palace there are 4 courtyards, 1 Harem house, Enderun School, the Office of the Holy Relics and the Hagia Eirene.
Topkapı Palace Visiting Information
Winter season; From November 1 to April 15, the museum, the Harem and the Hagia Eirene can be visited from 09:00 to 16:45.
Summer season; From April 15th to November 1st, the museum, Harem and Hagia Eirene can be visited from 09:00 to 18:45.
Museum Entrance Fees
Museum Entrance 30 TL, Harem Entrance 15TL, Hagia Eirene Entrance 20TL.