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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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  • The Dolmabahce Palace is an utterly mesmerising building which makes it even harder to resist taking photos inside among the opulent surroundings (no photos allowed). Although the official guides we r...  more »
  • We arrived at 1 pm -ish. The que to enter was long, and the sun was really strong, it was hot. Go early to avoid the ques and heat. You cannot enter on your own, you have to join a mandatory tour with...  more »
  • You should visit it during ur trip in Istanbul , it is really an unforgettable place , it helps you recognize the ottoman architecture and the aristocracy , everything is really astonishing and dextro...  more »
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  • This is one of the few places I liked most while visiting Istanbul. The tour guide makes it easier to get e clear idea about the historical value of everything.
  • Great palace with good old interior, royal ancients. Tour guide available with 2language for english and arabic. No picture and video taking inside the palace
  • It's really amazing but the appalling feature would be the tourist guides around the place 1. They are extremely loud 2. They have a very heavy accent 3. They make their own stories and 4. They are very forceful and insist that their personal versions are more accurate than what is written 😂😂.
  • My wife and I waited on the line for while but it worth about it. Tour guide was very friendly and she answered each single question. We spent some time at backyard and watched the Bosphorus Sight. Only problem was at the gift store. One of employee was so rude.
  • It's one of the places that you must see.. You will get fascinated by the beauty & the accuracy of the details of palace...splendor and creativity.. I was a bit disappointed.. our tour guide.. English speaking... she was so brief ... we started after the Turkish spoken tour ...and we finished before them...a lot of details she didn't mentioned it to us However...don't miss it... try to visit at least the official palace (if you don't have time).

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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