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Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul 34357, Turkey
(0212) 236 90 00
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #34 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Dolmabahce was the residence of the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Besides a very glamorous palace, Dolmabahce sarayi is of great importance to... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We stopped at this palace on our way up to Bebek and the grounds were very beautiful. We ate at a cafe on the water at the palace that was not very memorable but once we stepped inside the gates of the palace my jaw dropped. My 18 month old son was so excited to see the fountains and to... More

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Whitby, ON., Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Stunning palace, a guide will accompany you to the rooms of the palace. I wish they allow visitors to take pictures.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We went to the dolmabahce palace since it is one of the highlights of Istanbul. There was already a line before the security, then an even bigger line to buy tickets. We got our tickets and had to wait in line to be taken by a guide, which you can choose in Turkish or English. All and all it took... More

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gurgaon Haryana ,India
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This was the best part of the tour organised by Turista. Drive to the palace , the walk around to this amazing interior all were indeed very thrilling . The Library , the section where the Ottaman king met his followers , the most beautiful chandeliers and the banquet hall. all so difficult to replay in the mind .We found... More

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

A very popular destination so try to get their first thing in the morning. If you go as an individual you enter on the left hand side and wait inside until they run a tour in your language - well not in everyone's but the main visitor languages photography is forbidden but it doesn't seem to stop people doing so,... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

An absolutely must-see attraction when visiting Istanbul. The crystal chandelier, staircase and furniture are so classy and jaw-dropping. It is easy to use your imagination to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the royal Ottoman. You can only see the inside of Dolmabahce with a guided tour. Unfortunately this was very rushed, because of all the different tour groups that they... More

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Elegant, amazing , unbelievable can't imagine what you will see super like, must see place take trum from old city , stop in the last station and 5 min's walk you will arrive

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Well i personally like Topkapi palace more, but if you are staying for a week or so then you need to visit i found the ticket a little over priced After visiting the palace you can take a tour in the Bosphour

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The palace was really amazing You will see how othmani live and the culture and how much there civilization. It is really wàaaàaaaaaow. I was impressed by every thing the garden. The furniture and the design. There was an English translation by museum Definitely I will go there again

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

When in Istanbul, please visit this palace. Its brilliant. One of the best palaces showcasing Ottoman architecture & design. The location of the palace is also amazing as it is on the banks of Bosphosrus. Do take the guided tour which is very informative & well conducted. we were very lucky to have spotted a few peacocks in the campus... More

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