Topkapi Palace: Free Virtual Experience










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Experience the Topkapi from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour, narrated in English, from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! Hit ‘START’ and in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in ottoman times and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch!


Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will learn not only about historical facts but also discover unknown stories and tales about the sultans that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly and anytime.

This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the main residence of Ottoman rulers for about 400 years and the political center of the empire,  and immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way.

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You Shall Kill Your Brothers

It seems that being the Sultan’s brother was not a heaven-sent fortune. Quite on the contrary, the early Ottoman Sultans were quite vicious with their male siblings. Fratricide was not merely accepted, but actually instituted by the royal Ottoman protocol, according to which all the brothers of the new Sultan were murdered so as to ensure that there would be no rival coveting the throne. Although it was not invariably applied, the institution of fratricide resulted in the deaths of at least 80 members of the House of Osman over a period of 150 years. These victims included all 19 siblings of Sultan Mehmed III, who were all strangled with silk handkerchiefs after his ascension to the throne. Although this legislation was abolished by Sultan Ahmed I in 1603, an equally cruel practice was adopted, the policy of locking up all unwanted siblings in the gilded cage, a suite of rooms deep inside the Harem.

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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There is no meeting point. The virtual tour doesn’t require a visit to the site and it is designed to start at the entrance of the Topkapi.

  • Virtual Self-guided Tour for the Topkapi  with satellite & street views
  • Audio content with engaging & original stories in English
  • This is a virtual tour for Topkapi that you can take from the comfort of your home and feel like you were there
  • No live guide or meeting point required
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to access your tour via a link. Check your spam folder as well
  • No special equipment is needed (i.e. special glasses). However, earphones or headphones are highly recommended to enjoy the experience
  • To fully enjoy the tour you need a steady internet connection. The tour is available only online. The virtual tour doesn’t require a visit to the site

Cancellation Policy: This product cannot be refunded once activated.

Ottoman kitchen and the Confectionery: You can admire the largest and one of the most luxurious collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and find out the secrets of ottoman recipes.


The Audience Hall: Use your fantasy and imagine that you will ask an audience from the sultan. Listening to the stories of this point you will learn how the ambassadors were properly received according to the palatial code.


The Sultan’s private garden: This garden depicts the serene atmosphere of sultans’ refuge but also it will reveal you how life can be cruel even for a ruler.

Desktop, Laptop or smartphone device, Internet connection


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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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