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"Topkap? Palace is among those monuments belonging to the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described in Criterion iv as "the best example[s] of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period.""

The 'ensembles of palaces' means that all the functions of the royalty and the government were in different buildings. What you can visit are various displays set up in the smallish rooms which become packed with tourists, packed, like crazy elevator packed, always trying to add that one more person.

A cruise ship was in, school is out this month, it was the first sunny day in a week - all together making it so that I couldn't even get a ticket to see the harem which is supposed to be the highlight. But you know... you can't do everything and I'm just glad for what I can.
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