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Dolmabahce Palace

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Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 236 90 00
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure that...

This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure that was made of wood. The new palace incorporated sixteen separate buildings with stables, a flour mill and a clock tower among them.

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Visiting this place is not a must but if you have time give it a try. We had a private tour so I dont know the enteance fee. You can see that even at that time their people were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Yiannis K
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Greece

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Greece
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting this place is not a must but if you have time give it a try. We had a private tour so I dont know the enteance fee. You can see that even at that time their people were suffering but their emperors were spending millions to build this place influnced by european architecture. Some parts were closed so we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning. The main hall completely blew my mind and was worth the admission just for it alone. My only wish was that the public guided tour went for at least an hour!

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Thank Pete S
Sofia, Bulgaria
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a building with a interesting story. The guide was explained how and from who it's made. The palace have a great view and garden

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Thank VyaraRuseva
New Delhi, India
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take your time and look at every detail. The chandelier at the entrance is magnificent and so as the floor wood works.

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Thank Damian O
Grand Casablanca Region, Morocco
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's an amazing palace with the biggest "lustre" in the world and many rooms and bathrooms.....A palace that makes you dream.....Inside it, you can admire the furniture and the spacious luxurious rooms....The view on the Bosphorous is just gorgeous!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can´t leave Istanbul without missing this one out.It s wonderful palace. Probablz the most stunning one in Turkey+ Middle East. But I heard that the pm has an office around that area. Just make sure you wallet is safe.

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Thank Andreas Q
Cairo, Egypt
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Big and beautiful old palace, but many rooms are off limits! The guide was a lovely girl who gave us a brief history, but occasionally, her accent was difficult to understand. The Sultans personal items behind glass cases are opulent and beautiful. The grounds are good for kids to run around, but not inside the palace, as kids will find... More 

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Thank Christine E
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Palace reminds me ends of Ottoman Power. Guides explains it very good. Crystal stairs, king size red carpets, prince and princess's woeful rooms all things in the palace are cold and tells you only about sad stories. By comparison The Topkapi Palace is more authentic and warm than Dolmabahce Palace

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Thank Hüseyin A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Learning about the Caliphate and the history behind this wonderful construction will keep you coming back to Istanbul.

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place and great tour guide take time to walk outside in the gardens and along the water the scenery is magnificent

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In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighborhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
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