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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Dolmabahce Palace and other Istanbul attractions using our handy Istanbul itinerary planner.
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  • I fell in love with this place...was amazing.. the tour guides inside the place aren't that good informed with all of details...(they can tell more but they didn't)...other than that I really loved th...  more »
  • The Dolmabahce Palace is the most important from an architectural point of view, all the palaces of the Sultan in Constantinople. Visit early in the morning to avoid the long queues and take the time to view the gardens.
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  • I simply love dolmabahce palace. A must visit spot, if you come to istanbul. The interior is simply magnificent. Speechless! The palace is a combination of turkish architects, french interior designer...  more »
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  • I am somewhat ambivalent about this review, but nevertheless five stars are very much warranted. Both inside and out, the Dolmabahçe deserves it's nickname "Little Versailles". For me it is in fact the superior palace, as the opulence is less over the top and hence more tasteful. It is, quite simply, supremely beautiful and an absolute must-see. The downside is that only guided group tours are on offer and that they're not very good. The groups are too big and gets stretched out in the narrow corridors, which means the tour guide, located at the head of the group, can be very hard to hear. The tours are also much too fast and closely spaced, meaning that if you spend a little too long looking at the various rooms, the next group will rapidly catch up and overtake you. Finally, the main reason the tours are so fast is that hardly any information is imparted. A few dates, a few names, how heavy the great chandelier is and that's essentially that. However, in no way, shape or form should the crappy tours dissuade you from seeing this beautiful, beautiful palace!
  • When you visit this, you will feel like a royal king or queen. Spectualr it is and just well maintained. We enjoyed spending time there. It's not just palace but the surrounding is nice as well. Do come by ferry and check closing day of the week before u decide to visit. Do not buy complete ticket and yes, even though how much beautiful and elegant it is, pictures are banned. Ao just enjoy what guide is saying and keep checking out areas. Have some tea or waffles in nearby hotel. Just sitting over there makes you feel royal 😊
  • Spectacular entrance, beautifully manicured gardens. Fantastic interiors. Lit up at night adding to the glory. Ample parking space available close by. Entry fee applicable. Unfortunately no credit or debit cards accepted. Must see, highly recommended.
  • A stunning tourist attraction along with its 7 ton crystal chandelier. Prepare to be awed. It is the site where the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk passed away. A beautiful place and rich in Turkish and Ottoman history. A must see
  • Entering fee is around 35 Turkish Liras. Photography is prohibited. The palace is a piece of art. An extraordinary architecture. Recommended for those who love museums and historical places. Opens on 09:00 and closes on 16:00 during weekends. During weekdays it closes a bit later.