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Istanbul Ottoman Relics


Topkapi Palace | Yerebatan Underground Cistern


Half Day - 1p.m. - 5 p.m.


Daily - Please note - Topkapi Palace is closed Tuesdays and will be replaced with the Istanbul Archaeological Museum


$68AUD per person (Group Tour) or $132 AUD per person (Private - based on 2 passengers)


  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary


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(13.00-17.00) This afternoon explore the spectacular Topkapi Palace – Harem section is excluded (closed Tuesday), seat of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years.  Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands superb views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The palace is filled with treasures of the Sultans including the extravagant Treasury with its magnificent jewels, and the priceless Chinese porcelain, one of the best collections in the world. You will then visit the marvellous Yerebatan Underground Cistern with its atmospherically lit rows of columns – 336 in total. It was built in 532, with a capacity to store 80,000 cubic metres of water. It has excellent acoustics, and, with its fabulous atmosphere, has been used by famous singers, and for film sets. Please note: as the Underground Cistern is very old and damp, appropriate footwear is advisable as the floor can be slippery. Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesday and replaced with the Archaeological Museum. The Archaeological Museum of Istanbul has one of the world’s richest collections of classical artifacts with the collection of antiquities beginning in the mid 19th Century.  The main building was erected under the direction of Osman Hamdi Bey (1881-1910) to house his find of exquisite sarcophagi.  Please contact your local travel agent or  Contact us for more details.


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