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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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  • That is part of the history of modern Turkey is combined with the place which was used in the Royal era in Turkey where the Royal era and Republic are mixed in the same place.
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  • The Palace of the last sultans of Turkey is a stunning attraction and should be the right part in a screenplay by city. It's just a shame that you can't take any photos of the interior and the beautiful parts of the Palace, only the external parts.
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  • Magnificent richness and our history is you can see how the presence of this Palace. You can spend the whole day and this place.
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  • Tip; bring cash. They have no pin at the ticket office, so be sure to bring enough. There is an ATM nearby, after the first security check, but you'll have to get back in line for the tickets. The palace is beautiful. You can stroll through the garden, have a beautiful view of the Bosporus. We only visited the main part, because we had too little time to go to the harem as well. Will definitely visit again to go to the harem portion. The crystal stairs were gorgeous!
  • A Peace of fantastic Architecture and interior design This place is stunning. I have never imagined to see an ottoman palace with such massive european architectural influence. This place combines both Islamic and European heritage and It’s beyond anything one can imagine. Retrospectively the Sultan should have invested this enormous amount of money in the development of his own people but this is now not relevant. He left us a peace of monumental historical architecture.
  • First palace I have seen that has been very well kept! Lots of wonderful history given to you by their audio guides. Takes you back into the Ottoman empire time.
  • Overall is this place a cozy one! The entrance fee includes audio guides! Though in my experience you can skip the audioguide too! If more people in the group must prepare everyone an ID for each device! The guards are tough though, if you are caught photo making they will let you delete the Photos you took! (By Iphone users- do not worry all deleted photos go to recycle bin; for Android - sorry guys - delete is delete). Its worth it - very informative!
  • This is one of the beautiful places you should visit in Istanbul. The architecture really makes the experience so personable and you want to take your time embracing such wealth and beauty. You can't visit Istanbul without visiting here.
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