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Went through 2 courtyards. Jewels – finally saw real stone studded ornaments. Jewel embroidered cloth. Sharp weapons. A lounging house. Rooms photograph better than looking at them. But still a very interesting place to visit. A hollowed out tree in the gardens. Great river view at cafe. $20 lira lunch for sandwich and drink.over 4 years ago
1. Wear comfortable walking shoes! The grounds are immense, and you will want something comfortable to walk in.
2. Be prepared to pay two admission fees; one for the general palace with the armory, treasury, etc; and a second for admittance to the harem. The harem is a guided-tour only, and tickets are sold for an hourly walk through the harem with a guide who explains what you’re seeing.
3. Be prepared to spend most of a day; there’s a lot to see!
There are headphone sets that you can rent that will act as a tourguide while you follow a numbered map of the grounds. We chose not to use them, but we saw a number of people who did. With a decent guidebook, I wouldn’t think you needed it.over 6 years ago
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