Topkapı Palace is a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Topkapı Palace was formerly the main residence and administrative building of the Ottoman Sultans. Construction of the palace began in 1459 and it was majorly expanded over the following centuries. It got its name ‘Topkapi’, which means ‘Cannon Gate’ in the 19th century, the complex consists of 4 main courtyards surrounded by many smaller buildings. During the 17th century, the palace lost importance with sultans preferring other residences. It became a museum in 1923 with the most important rooms of the building housing a collection of Ottoman clothing, armour, weapons, relics and much more.
The closest tram stop is the ‘Gülhane istasyonu’ stop which is a 10-minute walk away from the museum. The best option for getting to the museum is by taking a taxi.
Opening Times and Admission
The museum is open six days of the week, Wednesday to Monday 9am-5pm; Tuesday is the museums weekly day of closure. Admission to the museum costs 60TL.