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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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Description: This palace was built in the mid 1800s to replace an earlier structure...
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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The last place where the Sultans lived and - likewise - the last address of Turkey's National Hero Mustafá Kemal Ataturk is a super extraordinary palace that everyone visiting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The last place where the Sultans lived and - likewise - the last address of Turkey's National Hero Mustafá Kemal Ataturk is a super extraordinary palace that everyone visiting Istanbul should pay a visit. The views, the artifacts, the history of the place - you see, taste, smell history everywhere. I've been both in Topkapi and this one and though... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Our first of many lovely palaces in Istanbul. Glamorous is an appropriate word for this lovely palace next to the Bosphorus. The rooms and furnishings were very symmetrical and contained a lot of lovely gold and crystal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you love chandeliers and staircases, you won't want to miss this mid-19th century gem. Once the modern world took over in the Ottoman Empire, they moved the administration from Topkapi Palace to Dolmabahçe Palace. Keep an eye out for all the stopped clocks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Personally I prefer this one over the topkapi palace.its smaller and much more well done up. It's beautiful and God sum good history behind it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was my first mission to do in Istanbul as its awesomeness attracted be outside the building along the way. It is very recommended to go there before 9 (it opens at 9). The fee is 40 TL for an adult and the entrance is by guided tour only. There are tours in English and Turkish by the museum staff.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture and beauty surrounded by awesome view of Bosphorus. Definitely a must see in Istanbul. Too bad they don't let you explore it on your own pace since you must join the guided tours. I could have easily spent another few hours. It closes at 4 pm. So go early if you want to see the whole thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful pallaces in Istanbul, which is located on the Bosphorus. Palace of the late Ottoman Sultans and has one of the best preserved harem. A must to see. Beware the long ticket que.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Dolmabahce Palace is beautiful! No if's and's or but's!!!!! However you will spend at least an hour in lines (unless you get there early) and if you arrive at 1:00 you will probably not be able to see structures like the Harem and the Clockwork Museum due to the very early closing time of the Palace being 4:00 (at most... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I suppose if you have seen one palace you have seen them all. This one is not all that different. You must take a guided tour. There is no other way to do it so you are among a fairly large crowd of people--30 to 50 anyway-- and there is no opportunity to linger. You are hustled along. It is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Tip: closing time is 4pm ( 16:00) so if you don't get your ticket before 3pm they will only sell you a half price ticket and you must choose between two tours. Tip: there are two tours to choose from. Don't pick the harem tour. It is less interesting, and depressing unless you really want to see where Attaturk died.... More 

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Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 236 90 00
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Besiktas
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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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