After the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror at 1453, construction of the Topkapı Palace was started at the year 1460 and completed at 1478 . Palace was built upon a 700.000 squaremeters area on an Eastern Roman Acropolis located at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapı Palace, was the administrative, educational and art center of the Empire for nearly four hundred years since Mehmed the Conqueror until Sultan Abdulmecid who is the thirty-first Sultan.
Topkapı Palace Museum covers nearly 400.000 squaremeters at the present day. Topkapı Palace divided from the city from the land-side by the Imperial Walls which is made by Mehmed the Conqueror. It divided from the city also from the sea-side by the Byzantine Walls. Topkapı Palace is one of the biggest palace-museums with its architectural structures, collections and approximately 300.000 archive papers.
Admisson fee is 30 TL. If you want to visit Harem section, you should pay extra 15 TL.
If you want to visit Topkapi Palace Museum and other Istanbul Museums, we suggest you to buy a Istanbul Museum pass, which is 85 TL including the entrances of 5 different museums.
Museum is open everyday except Tuesdays.
In winter season; Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00-16:45. Ticket booths close at 16:00.
In summer season; Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00-18:45. Ticket booths close at 18:00.