Istanbul, a city of culture and art, contributes to the culture of Istanbul with its beautiful palaces and pavilions. Istanbul palaces are one of the leading palaces in Europe and the world in terms of their magnificent architecture, values, history and culture.
Best Palaces in Istanbul
The historical palaces, which have survived from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods to the present day, continue to attract great interest from both domestic and foreign tourists.
Today, many historical palaces remain important and reveal the history of Istanbul.
Topkapi Palace is a palace where 400 people lived for 400 years. It was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror and was opened for the first time as a museum during the time of Abdülmecit. Located in the district of Fatih in Istanbul.
Topkapi Palace, the administrative center of the state, was the residence of the Ottoman sultans. The palace, which now has an area of 80,000 m2, was 700,000 m2 at the time of its construction.
When the sultans preferred Dolmabahçe Palace and Yıldız Palace as their living places, the Topkapı Palace was evacuated. But it still carries the importance of history and is one of the most important places that tourists visit. Especially in summer, it is the first route of most tourists who prefer to vacation in Istanbul. Currently, it continues to function as the Topkapi Palace Museum.
Where is the Topkapi Palace?
The Topkapi Palace is located in Sultanahmet Square. The T1 Tram Line has a stop at Sultanahmet. If your hotel is situated in the old-town area, you can simply take the tram to Sultanahmet. Otherwise, you can take some other public transportation vehicle to connect with the T1 Tram Line and continue to Sultanahmet.
How much is the Topkapi Palace entrance fee?
Ticket Price for one person for the main entrance is 60 TL except Harem Section.
When to visit the Topkapi Palace?
Winter Season: Between October 30th - April 15th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM as last entrance to the Museum 4:00 PM
Attention: Ticket booths close at 4:00 PM
Summer Season: Between April 15th - October 30th
Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 AM - 6:45 PM as last entrance to the Museum 6:00 PM
Attention: Ticket booths close at 6:00 PM Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace; It is one of the structures that beautifies the gorge and witnessed important events in its history. After the Dolmabahçe Palace built by Sultan Abdülmecit, Topkapı Palace was gradually abandoned and the sultans began to live here.
The palace, which has 285 rooms and 43 halls, is now an important travel destination. At the same time it has a wealth not found in any other palace.
The furniture, silk carpets and curtains still retain their originality. Dolmabahçe Palace is also known as the place where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lived in Istanbul. Atatürk gave his last breath in this palace and closed his eyes to life. Open to visits, the palace is one of the important historical palaces of Istanbul.
Where is the Dolmabahce Palace?
Dolmabahçe Palace is located in Beşiktaş. The T1 Tram Line stops at Kabataş. Then you can walk in 10 minutes.
How much is the Dolmabahce Palace entrance fee?
The Dolmabahce ticket price is 40 Turkish Lira.
When to visit the Dolmabahce Palace?
The Dolmabahce Palace opening hours are Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday between 9am-4pm.
Yıldız Palace, Yıldız Şale Mansion, Beşiktaş, Istanbul
XVIII. century III. Selim built the palace by for his mother Mihrişah Sultan and later underwent many changes, was one of the four centers where the Ottoman Empire was ruled. The most recent example of the Turkish Ottoman palace architecture, the palace, which was one of the building groups, was constantly worried about a conspiracy and was reigned for 33 years. Abdulhamid was a resident.
Yıldız Palace Museum, which started to serve in 1994, is one of the administrative centers of the Ottoman State and it has the only palace theater to be survived and II. Abdülhamid's carpenter is gaining importance.
Three different museums serve under the structure of Yıldız Palace: Yıldız Palace Museum, Yıldız Palace Theater, and Performing Arts Museum and İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Museum.
Where is the Yıldız Palace?
Yıldız Palace is located Besiktas district in Istanbul.
It is built for Abdülaziz. The Palace was built in 1865 and is the summer residence of the Sultan family. Beylerbeyi Palace is the summer residence of Sultan and it is also a place for foreign guests.
The garden of the palace is decorated with trees, sculptures and pools. Inside the palace, there is a hall with a pool, a greeting, a harem and a admiral room. Also; valide sultan room, dining room, reception room and blue hall are worth seeing places such as interior spaces. There are 26 rooms and 6 halls in the palace. In the garden of the palace of the Marble Mansion and the Yellow Pavilion II. It is said to have been built by Mahmut. The yellow mansion was restored in the time of Abdülaziz. Ahir Pavilion on the bridge side of the garden; It was built for Sultan's horses.
Abdülhamit was detained in this palace until his death in 1918, after he was deposed. Palace; In the period of the Republic, Atatürk also welcomes its guests. The historical building, which was converted into a museum today, is one of the most popular architects of the Anatolian side.
Where is the Beylerbeyi Palace?
The palace is located on the borders of the Üsküdar district of the province of Istanbul. You can reach the palace, which is approximately 3.5 kilometers away from Üsküdar quay, by going along the coastal road.
How much is the Beylerbeyi Palace entrance fee?
The Beylerbeyi Palace ticket price is 20 Turkish Lira.
Çırağan Palace is home to many Ottoman sultans in history and is located in the middle of Beşiktaş and Ortaköy. The palace, known as the Kazancıoğlu Gardens in ancient times, was used as the Assembly Building in 1909. A year later, the palace was heavily damaged by a fire on its roof. In the following periods, Sultan Abdülaziz rebuilt the palace to the architect Sarkis Balyan.
In the formation of Çırağan Palace; III. Sultan Ahmet, ll.Mahmut, Abdülmecit, Abdülaziz, V. Murat had both influence and preferred this palace as a living area. Çırağan Palace, which has different riches in every restaurant, today hosts important meetings, engagement and weddings hosting elite guests.
Where is the Ciragan Palace?
Çırağan Palace is located on Çırağan Street, Beşiktaş district of İstanbul.
Bosphorus Suset Cruise
If you want to see the palaces and mansions in the Bosphorus and learn about their history, we recommend you to take the 2.5-hour
Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset yacht cruise.