If you like to feel yourself like a Sultan for an hour or two visit this palace. Topkapi Palace is open between 09:00am - 05:00pm but closed on Tuesdays. Visiting Istanbul without touring the Topkapi is like visiting Paris without seeing the Tower of Eiffel. Because of this, the Topkapi is ridiculously crowded and more expensive compared to other attractions in Turkey. Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court it was virtually the hearth, the brain and the centre of Ottoman Empire. It was the imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years and today it is one of the most fascinating and also evocative monuments and museum of works of art and priceless artifacts since 1924 in Istanbul. Under the direction of Ataturk, Topkapi was turned into a museum.