Topkapi: Entrance e-ticket with Audio Tour

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Discover the history and the legends of Topkapi with a skip-the-line e-ticket and an engaging self-guided audio tour on your phone.  Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, prior to your visit, and admire the main residence of Ottoman rulers for about 400 years and the political center of the empire. 

Put on your headphones and explore the Ottoman Kitchen and Confectionery, the Pavilion of the Holy relics, the Sultan’s private garden and discover all the secrets of the sultans, admiring unique artifacts of Islamic art. Tour’s content is the result of in-depth research and you will be immersed into exclusive and original stories!

This is an unmissable opportunity to learn the history of one of the most iconic monuments of Istanbul and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way through the power of storytelling.


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The Salutation Gate

Built-in the 15th century, as the main entrance of the Palace, it started to be called as the ‘’Middle Gate: Orta Kapı’’, after the addition of the Imperial Gate. Today, it is the main entrance of the museum. This crenellated gate has two large, pointed octagonal towers, the architecture of which appears to be of Byzantine influence. The gate is richly decorated with religious inscriptions and monograms of sultans. Passage through the gate was tightly controlled and all visitors had to dismount, since only the sultan was allowed to enter the gate on horseback.

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Katerina Tsinaslanidou

Born and raised in Athens, she loves listening to stories, making up stories, writing and telling them. She studied Modern Greek and Ottoman History in Athens, Paris, and Istanbul.

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Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

The audio tour is designed to start at the entrance of Topkapi (Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih).

Salutation Gate, Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Adult entry ticket 
  • Skip-the-line service
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English
  • Offline content (text, audio narration and map)
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • This is a combination of a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone and an entry ticket for Top Kapi.
  • No live guide or meeting point provided.
  • Booking requests received between 22:00 to 7:59 a.m. (Greek time) are served from 8:00 a.m. and on.
  • Android (version 5.0 and later required)
  • The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • You will need storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
  • Free/reduced admission tickets do not have skip the line privileges and can only be acquired at the ticket booth on-site
  • Keep in mind that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in the Top Kapi. So please download the audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit in order to enjoy it offline
  • Skip the ticket line & proceed to the entrance to scan your ticket
  • Please consider that large backpacks and bulky bags/ luggage are not allowed in the site
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones/headphones

October 2nd-April 1st: Museum, Harem and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. as last entrance to the Museum 4:00 p.m.
April 2nd-October 1st: Museum, Harem, and Hagia Irene can be visited between 9:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. as last entrance to the Museum 6:00 p.m.

Charged Smartphone & Headphones

The audio tour is designed to start at the entrance of Topkapi (Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih).

The easiest way to get there is by getting T1 tram line.

Gülhane station and Sultanahmet station are the closest; both are just a short walk from the palace entrance, on the right side of the Salutation Gate.


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Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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