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Dolmabahçe Sarayı

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The top 10 sights in Istanbul

Topkapi Palace, home to generations of sultans and their wives, who were closeted in the famous harem. A collection of lush green courtyards and delicate kiosks, views to die for over the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and Golden Horn. The secretive harem is a warren of lushly-tiled rooms wrapped round a gem of a Turkish bath. • Sultanahmet, +90 212 512 0480, topkapisarayi.gov.tr, TL20 (£7). Open Tue-Sun 9am-6pm (harem 9am-5pm)

TOP 11 Reasons to Visit Istanbul

Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi) also known as Leander's Tower since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus. | Top 11 Reasons to Visit Istanbul