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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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  • Recommend taking the entrance fee and the Palace and harem. Audio guide can be obtained free on bail a document, not necessarily passports fit right. On the same ticket, you can get into the clock Museum and the Glass Pavilion, located on the territory of the palace complex. Photography in premises officially banned, so go be sure to see everything with your own eyes. Scale and luxury, it seemed to me, could successfully compete with Dolmabahce palaces of Russian emperors.
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  • I saw it from the ferry did not have the time to see the magnificent sites that will take you to the beauty of history, I will visit  more »
  • First of all, I wish to draw the attention of the Museum weekend in Monday and Thursday. The rest is unforgettable: chic interiors, furniture, household items. In a harem after the revolution of Ataturk, lived and worked, the room where he died. Audio guide in Russian held a full tour, but do not tighten. Taking photos inside the Palace and harem is prohibited. In my opinion, the most impressive palace in Istanbul.
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  • Do not skip any part of the palace complex, you won't regret it. I don't see why some visitors have troubles with guides. Individual visits are allowed. The stairs itself on the entrance to the palace are divided into two rows: for groups and individuals. There are audio guides provided for each person for free in exchange of ID card deposit. List of available languages is really huge, information is detailed and very interesting. So just get an audio guide and have a pleasure of exploring the palace and parks with your own speed. I dropped 1 star because the crystal pavilion was closed at the time of my visit without any warning or mentioning at the ticket office.
  • Dolmabahçe palace is really amazing, beautiful architectural and historical master piece located at the bank of Bosphorus. It tells to story of luxury, power, authority and influence sultan were used to enjoy in their time. As the palace is huge n requires a lot of time, energy to witness the glory of golden ears of Turkey during Ottoman empire, so it is recommended to hire professional guide to avoid long ques, as well as keep a stock of water with some snacks if you are visiting it during summers. Must visit place. Highly recommended.
  • A great place to visit. I think the management should allow photography without using flash. inside the palace only guided tour is allowed. so make sure you catch up on tour time. Best time to visit and avoid long lines is early morning. Palace opens around 9AM. if you are staying close to Blue mosque area, just take a train toward Kabatas which is the last station and walk toward Palace. Less expensive to move around. Do not forget to see the photo gallery.
  • We had a chance to see the palace overview when we were on our way to princes' islands. The Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most beautiful places we have visited in Istanbul. The entrance fee for the whole sections in the palace is 60TL. It is totally worth visit, so do not miss this place in your trip to Istanbul.
  • Amazing Place. Very beautiful. Must visit in Istanbul. My favourite landmark there.

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