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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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Tunapuna, Trinidad And Tobago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Full of amazing details in the structure. It tells the of luxury and grandeur of the Ottoman empire. Visiting one can just relivethe history

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Latina, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Just amazing place, seems to go back in a luxury past, the only problem could be the touristic guides, if you go alone and you don't understand english or turkish you'll just watch around without knowing the history of the building.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A must visit attraction when in Istanbul. Full of history and grandeur as befitting the last home of the Sultans. Limited numbers of visitors are admitted each day so get there early

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

As grand as Topkapi palace is, it is nothing compared to Dolmabahce. Dolmabahce was built after the Ottoman sultan decided that Topkapi wasn't good enough for him. I'll say nothing about it as words may never describe its grandeur. One thing I'll say though is that the grand ceremonial hall was like nothing I've ever seen in my life, not... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Dolmabache Palace is the modern royal residence in Istanbul. The grounds are very well maintained and the building itself is kept in pristine condition. Entering the harem (living quarters, where Ataturk's room is exactly the same as the day he died in 1938) costs 20TL, the official section is 30TL, and both is 40TL. Everything is a guided tour, so... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A fabulous palace where Atatürk had his residence before dying. Well preserved and most interesting to visit. A perfect & better alternative for the very crowded Topkapi Palace.

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La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It is Western looking Palace, It only take 40 Lira cash for ticket, it is guided tour only. it is worth the trip to see it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This palace is so beautiful outside, and what would it be like living right on the same level as the Bosphorus, at least in the summertime. Perhaps not so much when it's snowing. Inside is also beautiful, but the tour set up is not so good, too expensive lines too long, waiting time too long, too many people in each... More 

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Kamnik, Slovenia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The palace is beautiful, really worth a visit. The fee is 40 TRY (15,00€) for palace and harem. You should buy the combined ticket, because it gives you the view of the whole palace. The negative part of my visit were all the guides. I was on English tour but it is really hard to understand the English they are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited Dolmabahce palace after visiting the Topkapi Palace. While not so impressive as Topkapi, it is well worth a visit, with a guided tour being part of the entrance fees. This palace lets you see a different side of the royalty life and how it changed with more European influence, since this palace is made in a continental style... More 

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