Library of Ahmed III

Known for his lavish expenses, Ahmed III (sultan from 1703-1730) added several rooms to the Topkapi Palace, amongst them - three libraries.

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Hagia Sophia
The height of Byzantine architecture, the Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s must-see attractions.
Topkapi Palace
The Sultans’ royal residence for four centuries, today Topkapi Palace is a spectacular museum.
The Harem of the Sultans
With over 300 tiled and ornate rooms, the harem was where the royal family's apartments and private retreat were.
The Circumcision Room
Under the Ottoman Empire, each year there were circumcision ceremonies and festivals, which took place for days on end, in which the many princes of the empire were circumcised.
Apartments of the Queen Mother
Because the sultans were often young, the woman whose children became sultan were exulted above all others living in the harem and were given special quarters to represent their unique status.
Imperial Treasury Room at the Topkapi Palace
Comprising of several rooms, the treasury rooms at the palace are some of the most lavish in the entire palace, full of artifacts from the Ottoman Empire, including large diamonds and gold-encrusted objects.

Related Tours

Private Guided Topkapi Palace Museum and Hagia Irene Tour
In a city of opulent, historical buildings, the Topkapi Palace is one of Istanbul’s finest relics of Ottoman history and architecture.  On your private tour of the Topkapi Palace, you will:

  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the comforts of a private vehicle throughout the tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off;
  •  Enjoy the personalized attention of your private licensed guide.;
  • Visit the Palace and Harem with skip-the-line (tickets included in the tour price);
  • Expertly navigate through the hundreds of rooms of this magnificent Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years;
  • Visit the recently renovated Ottoman Imperial Harem;
  • Explore the Hagia Irene, a hidden gem in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace;
  • Explore the Circumcision Room, the Library of Ahmed III, and the Apartments of the Queen Mother;
  • End the tour inside the Topkapi Palace by the treasury, home to the Spoonmaker's Diamond and the Topkapi Dagger, which you can explore at your own leisure. 
Once the residence of countless Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th century, the Topkapi Palace has been an operating museum since the early 20th century. With spectacular walls which encompass it, and four courts within it – each of which served a different purpose, the museum and the history of the Ottomans it contains are best explored with a private guide. Once inside, you will have the chance to visit the Harem—the living quarters of the imperial family, where the rituals, traditions, and ceremonies of the royal family were performed. Your tour ends in the fabulous Treasury, where you will have the chance to explore further on your own. 

Please note that in the Topkapi Palace, photography is not permitted inside the exhibition halls and prams are prohibited. Please dress appropriately and bring covers for your knees and shoulders. 


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