Topkapi Palace Museum
Topkapi Palace Ticket Price and Opening Hours
First of all, Topkapi Palace is very important due to its location. Because Topkapi Palace area is considered as the first settlement in Istanbul. Officially Istanbul is established by a legenrady man called Byzas. The Ancient Greek Acropolis had been placed at this promontory.
The First Name Of Istanbul
Istanbul had three names in the history: Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. The first name had been given to the very ancient city which rises over the Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu). This is exactly where Topkapi Palace is located.
The Ancient Columns Of the Palace
The Byzantium‘s remnants had been used as recycled materials during the time of Romans and Byzantines. People of Byzantine Empire, used these aged Greek columns during the construction of Basilica Cistern.
Ottomans also did not ignore the beauty of Byzantium‘s elegant columns and used then in Topkapi Palace. Therefore numerous columns which adornes the Topkapi Palace, originally dates back to ancient ages.
Who Built Topkapi Palace & When It Was Built?
Topkapi Palace is built by Ottoman Ruler Mehmed II, following the conquest of Constantinople by Turks. It took 17 years to build this massive palace in the 15th Century. 25 Ottoman Sultans had lived here up until the royalty moved to Dolmabahce Palace in 1856.
However Topkapi Palace is never completely abandoned, since the royal treasury and sacred relics were kept in there. Ottoman Sultans paid regular visits to the palace, even tough they were living in the Dolmabahce Palace which is placed along Bosphorus.
Why Ottomans Needed To Build A New Palace?
When Ottomans captured the Constantinople, it’s reported that Sultan Mehmed could not find what he had expected. Constantinople had been known as the most civilized city of Medieval Ages. Yet, after the Sack Of Constantinople by the Latins (1204-1261) the city was badly damaged and never really recovered again.
There used to be a world-famous Roman Palace in the heart of Istanbul Old City. Unfortunately Byzantines never afford to fix it after the Latin invasion. The Emperors had lived in Palace of Blachernae which was located by Golden Horn.
Following the conquest of the city, Sultan Mehmed immediately checked the condition of Hagia Sophia and Great Roman Palace, which were no more than ruins. He commanded his men to fix Hagia Sophia and leave the Byzantine Palace to its destiny. He dreamed of building his own palace on the first settlement of the city: Byzantium.
Topkapi Palace Entrance Fee and Hours
Historic Journey From Topkapi Palace To Dolmabahce Palace
Topkapi Palace had been intended to be the a castle-palace. Sultan Mehmed planned to make the administrative meetings, receive his guests and practise for battles. It was built for business purposes without the Harem Section (Privy Chamber) in its structural plan.
However, during the rule of Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent, his wife: Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana) moved the Harem from Old Palace (Nearby Grand Bazaar) to Topkapi Palace.
Each and every Ottoman Ruler added a pavillion, house or somehow changed the structural plan of gardens. Eventually palace became much more busy than its 15th Century foundations.
Sultan Abdulmecid, decided to move to a new palace. Therefore he built the Dolmabahce Palace. He though that the Topkapi Palace was too old to fulfill the necessities of protocol in 19th Century. Thus the royal family moved to Dolmabahce Palace to live by the Bosphorus.
Topkapi Palace Ticket Price 2019
Admission fee is 72 Turkish Lira for the entrance. This payment is for a standart palace visit which would probably take at least 2 hours. If you plan to see the Harem Rooms additional ticket costs 42 Turkish Lira. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for this museum.
Skip The Line Tickets for Topkapi Palace
There is an easy way to skip the long line in Dolmabahce Palace. You can consider buying skip the line tickets with guided tour. You may browse “Topkapi Palace Skip The Line Tour” from this link. Easy cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.
Topkapi Palace Visiting Hours
Summer (High Season) Schedule
Between April 15th – October 30th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited from 09:00 to 18:45
Winter (Low Season) Schedule
October 30th – April 15th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited from 09:00 to 16:45
Working Days For Topkapi Palace Museum 2019
Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesday. The off-day does not change according to season as in the Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace is closed on the same day during the High and Low seasons without any change.