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Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul

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A work of art in and of itself, Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi is housed in a former royal residence with an impressive facade overlooking the Bosphorus. The art gallery houses over 200 paintings of both Turkish and international artists from the 19th century. Noteworthy artists include Seker Ahmed Pasha, Osman Hamdi Bey, Huseyin Zekai Pasha, and Hoca Ali Rıza. The collection also includes works by the official court painters commissioned by the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Add Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi to your Istanbul travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Istanbul vacation planner.
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  • The gardens are very pleasant, but the palace is extraordinary. Photography is not allowed in the palace itself, which is a pity. I would liked a photo of the chandelier presented by Queen Victoria to...  more »
  • An impressing palace and surroundings built in latest European fashion in the mid 1800. No restrictions in the embellishment and extravagance.Unimaginable wealth, choice of finest crystal, furniture, ...  more »
  • It is not in the main tourist aerea of IStanbul. The palace, has beautiful gardens, the building itself is amazing. The inside "decoration" is such a luxury, That you can hardly believe it.  more »