Pala­tial Splen­dour.

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Th­ese kit­ties sure knew how to swing. Top­kapi Palace, home to the sul­tans for more than three cen­turies and a salu­tary les­son in taste to us all, is a must see, if only for its Trea­sury stacked with or­nate fab­u­lous­ness, and its awe-in­spir­ing Harem. Both re­quire ad­di­tional tick­ets to visit / Babi Hü­mayün Cad. / Sul­tanah­met / 512 0480 / closed Tue / the Harem opens 10am-noon & 1-4pm / top­kapi­palace.com / also see Karakol (Rest./Smart). Mean­while, the Dolmabahçe Palace rewrites the book on opu­lence and vul­gar­ity, and will ei­ther thrill you or have you hurl­ing your lunch. Its stun­ning Bospho­rus lo­ca­tion, and in­fa­mous, vast crys­tal Bac­carat stair­case and chan­de­lier, make it a fun-see / Dolmabahçe Cad. / Be­sikta¸s¸ / 236 9000 / 9am-4pm / closed Mon & Thu / dolmabah­cepalace.com. More in­ti­mate and smarter, but less vis­ited is the Beyler­beyi Palace and its pavil­ions on the Asian side, un­der the Bossy Bridge. This ex-Sum­mer Palace and home to vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries is a con­fec­tion of neo­clas­si­cal Ot­toman style / Ab­dul­lah Ag˘a Cad. 12 / 216 321 9320 / closed Mon & Thu / cab from Üskü­dar ferry ter­mi­nal / then pop next door to Villa Bospho­rus for del­ish fish / vil­l­a­bospho­rus.com.tr.

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