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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

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Architectural Building · Tourist Spot
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. 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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  • This palace is modern, huge, beautiful, charming, well maintained and well managed. The ticket is 90 TRY for the main palace and the Harem area and then a separate ticket for the painting museum for.....  more »
  • In order to visit Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe Sarayı) you must take one or both of the guided tours. The Selamlık tour takes you through the quarters reserved for men, while the Harem tour shows...  more »
  • Really impressive. A must see in Istanbul. As grandiose as Versailles but with better views. The ballroom is one of the most impressive rooms you will ever see.  more »
  • Dolmabahçe Palace is a great museum and palace. It has a spectacular entrance with beautifully looked after gardens well worth a visit. The palace itself has stunning chandeliers with crystal staircases. The interior is fantastic but sadly photography is not allowed. It is a well maintained place and has an impressive history.
  • An amazing palace as well as museum where many Kings and their family has lived. Indeed it is masterpiece. When you enter into the palace you will have the feelings of Kings like you are been living here from the centuries. It has a unique connection with the people who visit here.
  • I think this palace is more than wonderful and surely worth a visit! If you are in Istanbul, don't miss it! It used to be the palace of Othman Sultans in the past and now it is a public museum. Super beautiful from outside with a huge garden and sea view. From inside, it is really astonishing and really historical. The indoor architecture is awesome mixed with gold and crystal staircases. You will have the feelings of kings life from the centuries. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS. Recommended!!
  • It's a very beautiful palace well preserved. You will see a lot of valuable treasures like gold plated cups and other ceramics displayed for the visitors. The 4.5 tons crystal lamp sent by Queen Victoria is so huge and beautiful!
  • It is worth a visit, I visited only Harem and loved it. Brilliantly decorated rooms with astonishingly beautiful paintings on ceilings. A pleasure to walk around and watch

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