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Dolmabahce Palace

Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 236 90 00
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

After a fairly lengthy queue I was shuffled along to remove shoes and allocated a guide as you are not permitted to see the interior alone. The guide had a strong, clear voice and was very knowledgeable, moving us along quite rapidly. No photography allowed inside which was disappointing but they give you a free brochure with many pictures of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I stumbled on the Dolmabahce Palace by accident looking for Taskim Square. The palace is situated on the Bospherous Strait and just a couple of stops on the tram from the Galata Bridge. The palace is beautiful, it grand, it's what you expect a palace to be and more. The grand ballroom took my breath away without exaggeration - I... More 

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Istanbul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A wonderful palace built by the Balyan family, the construction of the Dolmabahce palace virtually bankrupted the Ottoman empire. Adorned with gold leaf throughout, baccarat crystal chandeliers and the famous crystal staircase, the interior of the palace can only be viewed as part of a guided tour. Ataturk died in the palace, and his bedroom clock is still stopped at... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

It was an interesting experience. But... the palace tour was disappointing, as long as our "guide" was constantly moving forward, we had no time for at least observing details. Clock museum was closed.

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Konya, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I've never been a fan of tours, but for this place, it's your best option. You'll avoid lines and guides who scream yet aren't heard by the mobs trying to listen. We had a good tour guide and a small group. We could hear and see everything. The palace itself is fairly interesting and the grounds are fantastic. I wouldn't... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A must see! Go early or book ahead with a travel agent because Dolmabahce Palace limits visitors to about 3000 each day. Take the tram to Kabatas & walk north or take a taxi from Sultanahmet for 20-25 Turkish Lira. If taking taxi, I recommend you agree to a price before starting. There was a 20 minute long line for... More 

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Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It is very intersting indeed. The english guide was mothertongue but due to a big group I couldn't hear him very well. The palace is very well kept. Must visit the harem as well. The waterfront park is also nice to walk through. Enjoy it

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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

An incredible 2 hours spent admiring the new palace. Very well maintained and the sheer scale and beauty of the palace is breathtaking. The guide explained the importance of different areas of the palace very well. A trip worth making

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a place that you should really visit when you are in Istanbul. It is very beautiful and quite luxurious.

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Lj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This palace is special. It looks amazing. You need to visit it! Palace and garden are really beautiful. Things that are inside are gorgeous. You can learn a lot about how life in Turkey used to be.

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