The Topkapı Palace is a huge palace in Istanbul, that was the main property of the Ottoman sultans. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a establishing for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction.
It also contains significant holy relics of the Muslim community, including Muhammed’s cloak and sword. The Topkapı Palace is among the monuments contained within the “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
The palace is described under UNESCO’s “the best examples of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period. The palace complicated comprises of four primary courtyards and many more compact structures. The structure is home to more than 4,000 people. They have protected the huge place with a long coastline. It included mosques, a medical center, bakeries, and a mint.
Following the end of the Ottoman Kingdom in 1923, Topkapı Palace modified by a govt decree dated Apr 3, 1924, into a museum of the imperial era. The Topkapı palace Museum applied by the Secretary of state for Lifestyle and Travel and leisure.
The palace complicated has many rooms and chambers, but only the most important are available to the public today. The complex protected by authorities of the ministry as well as armed guards of the Turkish army.
The palace contains many excellent samples of Ottoman structure. It contains large selections of ceramic, gowns, weaponry, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts, and paintings as well as a presentation of Ottoman treasures and jewelry.
Topkapi Palace Museum Opening Hours
Winter Season: Between October 26th – April 15th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
Attention: Ticket booths close at 4:00 PM
Summer Season: Between April 15th – October 26th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Attention: Ticket booths close at 6:00 PM
Topkapi Palace Entrance Fee :
Online Ticket service can be reached now by this link: https://www.muze.gov.tr/buy_e_ticket
In order to obtain and get more information about museum pass card visit this website: https://muze.gov.tr/buy_museum_pass
Museum Ticket :- 30 TL
Ticket Price for one person for the main entrance is 30 TL except Harem Section
Harem Ticket :- 15 TL
If you want to visit Harem you have to buy a seperate ticket from the ticket booths where stands outside of the museum or in front of the Harem entrance.
Ticket Price for one person for the Harem entrance is 15 TL.
Hagia Irene Ticket :- 20 TL
Museum Pass is available at Hagia Irene
No group discount at Hagia Irene.
Ticket for the Hagia Irene is not available for entering to the Topkapı Palace Museum
Free Admission / ID is a Must
- Turkish children and teenagers 18 years old or younger.
- Foreign children 12 yaers or younger except Harem. For the Harem under 6 and younger.
- Citizens of the Turkish Republic 65 years old or older
- Veterans, spouses and children of martyrs and veterans.
- Handicapped people with one attendant.
- Soldiers and non-commissioned officers.
- Owners of ICOMOS, UNESCO and ICOM cards.
- Owners of Press Card.
- Guests and delegations hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Promotion, and their attendants and foreign tour operators
- Personnel and pensioners of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and their accompanied spouses and children.
- Foreign official guests invited by state institutions and their attendants.
- Professional tourist guides carrying a cockade provided by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
- Owners or managing directors of travel agencies and foreign tour operators and foreign information groups declared to the ministry via the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB).
- Can enter to the Topkapı Palace Museum without price
- Children between 0-6 ages,
- can enter to the Harem Section of the Topkapı Palace without price
- Accepted payment methods
- The museum ticket windows accept payment in cash or by credit card
Arrival at Topkapi Palace Museum :
From Atatürk Airport: – You can go until Aksaray via metro line inside the airport. After reaching Aksaray, tram line can be used to reach to the Sultanahmet station. From Sultanahmet station, you can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by walking from the path in front of from Hagia Sophia Museum and Hürrem Sultan Bath
Arrival by Marmaray: – Sirkeci Station of the Marmaray is the nearest station to the Topkapı Palace Museum. From Sirkeci Station, you can reach in front of the Governorate of Istanbul. You can follow the path to the Gülhane entrance and can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by following the marks.
Arrival by Tram Line: – Gülhane station and Sultanahmet station are the nearest stations to the Topkapı Palace Museum.
From Sultanahmet station, you can reach to the Topkapı Palace Museum by walking from the path in front of from Hagia Sophia Museum and Hürrem Sultan Bath