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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 4,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • More than 600 square meters, what I would recommend which older especially to suffer knee problems because it walked once, but I recommend reading Ottoman history first before visiting this castle.
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  • You can get there on foot from Taqsim sq if you enjoy a pleasant walk through nice and quiet area and don't mind some steps through a park down toward the palace . The entrance fee was 40 Turkish lira...  read more »
  • The Palace from the inside is very beautiful, it took time to enter the Palace more than half an hour for that entry is a specific number and then enter a second, very nice Museum
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  • 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.
  • --Very nice attraction. --Very crowded. --Try to take your time and enjoy. It's a lot of walking. --The tours are okay. I think it's the only way you can see inside. --Lots of photo opps.
  • Worth a visit, it is the palace of the last 6 Sultans in the Ottoman Caliphate, clearly influenced by the western ideology which contributed later in weakening the State. Extravagant. Read about the place. Well maintained. Unfortunately we visited the palace while under maintenance which greatly reduced the guided tour. Beautiful gardens on the Bosphorus
  • Attraction worth seeing, great architecture with an insight how was life on Ottoman court. You must take paid tourist guides through interiors, but they leave a lot to be desired, with poor explanations and general "I don't care" attitude.
  • Beautiful views. Tours are interesting, but they can't speak English perfectly and hearing can get tough. In the end, there are nicer things in Istanbul to look at.
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