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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

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Be transported to the luxury of the Ottoman Empire as you walk through the lush halls and gardens of Dolmabahce Palace. This palace is the largest in Turkey with 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths, and 68 toilets. It was also the administrative center for the Ottoman Empire for over 50 years and is quite highly regarded among the Turks. As you walk through the palace, notice the influence of Arabic and Persian culture, which predated the Ottoman Empire. Currently, the palace is divided into public and private areas for tourists and the Sultan, respectively. Between the two is the Ceremonial Hall with a 36 m (118 ft) high dome and a 750-lamp chandelier gifted by Queen Victoria. Keep in mind that you cannot see the whole palace; some areas are off limits. Plan to visit Dolmabahce Palace during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Haven't visited a bunch of palaces around the world, but this one has to be near the top of the heap in terms of luxury and creature comforts. First, it's huge; you'll spend more than an hour just wal...  more »
  • A Palace of a lifetime, you can't let go. One of the few places that keep the decor as it was in this region, showing the luxury of the Ottoman Empire. Not to be missed the final Hall ... Just made the Palace by 60 lire, and have the option to go in the harem also for over 30 lire
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  • One of the most beautiful palaces which I visited, at the height of the Palace of Versailles. Above all it is striking lamps. They are impressive. Stays, pictures, decoration and history that make this a visit aggreates
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  • WOW! This is a must go to palace. See how sultan lived in the 18 and 19 hundreds. Gorgeous views, rooms, artifacts, and furniture. Highly recommend the audio with history of each room or a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide. Live the sultan life for a few minutes but remember that pictures are prohibited unfortunately. This place is called little Versailles for a very good reason. With the view of the water and the other side of Istanbul, I actually found this place better than Versailles itself.
  • Great visit in one of the main monuments of Istanbul. Beautiful modern-style palace with a practical one-way path that leads you through all the rooms. Very strongly recommend you get an audio guide since there are NO information panels, hence the 4 stars. Also, for preservation reasons, you are not allowed to take photos in the inside of the palace (the outside & gardens are alright), but if you do want to sneak some photos make SURE that your flash is off so as not to damage any paint/mosaic. Note that your museum card will not work in Dolmabahçe, so you will have to pay for your ticket! (About 90 liras per adult)
  • Impressive palace, unimpressive service. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing. But for what you pay you feel like you should get more. Lo and behold, after paying and entering, we discovered some of the areas were either closed off or just under maintenance. Then there's the bathrooms that weren't too pleasant either. But on a positive note, do the audio guide that's free. It's worth it. Hopefully you won't get stuck behind a 25+ tour group inside the narrow passageways of the palace.
  • Great palace. Very luxurious and just overall amazing, it's a must see if you are going to be in Istanbul. You get a discount if you are a student so bring your ID. They have free audio tours, they just ask that you put your driver's license down as a deposit. Only downside is that they don't allow you to take pictures or videos of the inside. There's a cafe there in case you get hungry or thirsty. Another thing to note for parents is that strollers are not allowed, this applies for many of the attractions in Istanbul. Your children must either walk or be carried.
  • It's a very beautiful historical palace with quite a unique interrior art on it's ceiling and walls. It has so many bedrooms and hammams which were used by the king and his family. It is still in a very good condition. I visited here with my family and were astonished to see such a beautiful palace, because although it was built long long ago but yet you can see the real beauty inside it. But one thing we missed was it's museum, because we reached late and they were not giving tickets for the museum to those who came after 3 o'clock pm.
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