The Topkapi Palace is the biggest and one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was built in between 1466 and 1478 by the sultan Mehmet II on top of a hill in a small peninsula, dominating the Golden Horn to the north, the marmara” Sea of Marmara to the south, and the Bosphorus strait to the north east, with great views of the Asian side as well. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside.
Address: İbrahim Paşa Oteli, Binbirdirek Mh., Terzihane Sk 7, Istanbul
Telephone number: (+90) 212 512 0480
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 09.00-17.00