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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 #33 of 642 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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Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

a must visit..unfortunately no photos are allowed inside. there is a guide there to explain abt every part.highly recommended

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Dolmabahce Palace is a true treasure. It appears graceful and elegant from the outside, but the interior is simply stunning. From the carpets to the ceilings it is filled with treasures. It is worth a visit. Unfortunately, the only way to see the palace is on on organized tour. The tour guide rushes through the tour, and an official in... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

this is a must visit in Istanbul... absolutely beautiful...wear comfortable shoes to walk around as there's quite a lot of walking to do..and in peak season , you might have to wait a while in que to get in... but after all the waiting and walking...its worth it all!

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Doha, Qatar
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

One of the main attractions in Istanbul you have to visit this palace . It is interesting .they provide guides but you have to go in a big group no privet tours allowed. Don't miss the Hurim part of the palace too.

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Adelaide, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I chose to visit Dolmabahce based on previous reviews. Having visited the major tourist sites in Istanbul it was nice to travel a bit further out (easy to get to by tram) and visit this decadent palace. From the beauty of the ornate gates, the walk to the palace through the gardens is beautiful. The main staircase and reception rooms... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is a palace! Incredible chandelier, carpets, furniture etc. No pictures allowed and you have to take a group tour with a very large group! We were in the English speaking tour but as the guide was explaining things in English others would be translating to their friends/family in their language so that made things very annoying and hard to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

so there are 2 guided tours, cost 40 lire for full admission including tours in the palace. positives: really opulent - sense of luxury like no other palace in Turkey - literally tonnages of crystal (stairs banisters, chandeliers) - silk furnishings (true to original design replaced every 30 years) - guides spoke good English - grounds are really good, can... More

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Kamakura, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The Dolmabahce Palace is an important sight to catch if you want to understand the Ottoman Empire, but it's a difficult place to tour. First off you have to take a group tour, no independent wandering. Tours are scheduled for specific times and you have to wait in line. The tour begins on schedule regardless of how many people are... More

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Targoviste, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Dolmabahce palace is one of the most beautiful palaces I have ever visited. The modern style combined with the Turkish art makes it unique. It's perfect for a two-day stay in Istanbul !

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited the harem this year and it was done in a French style modelled after Versaille. The gardens where a pleasant area to stroll around. The sultans built it to replace Topkapi as their main residence on the Bosphorous.

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