A bit pricy, but once you see all the areas that need perpetual upkeep and care from specialists, you get it.
Really worth seeing! Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and snacks- this will take several hours to see it all.
Visit the harem. There is an extra entrance fee, but it really is worth the money and time to see it.
This is just the shell- kind of like walking a beach and seeing the seashells, lets you imagine what was inside. There is no furniture left, but the opulence of the tiles and carving gives you the sense of what the furniture, pillows, throws, rugs, etc must have been like...
Do just a little reading of the history of the place ahead of time, and this will make any written guide or audio guide mean that much more.
There are audio guides to be rented, or live tour guides if you so desire. A group can hire a guide, would imagine that it would be cheaper per person for a larger group. We were just a couple, with a Lonely Planet guide, so we did it without any extra guide.
Get the Lonely Planet Turkey book- its worth it! Lots of maps, including about 5 pages just on the Topkapi palace!
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