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Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul 34357, Turkey
(0212) 236 90 00
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Ranked #35 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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Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

It's a very grand palace which we got to learn about the extravagant Turkish kings and got to see many of the precious collections and great furnishings. No photography allowed inside though.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

I have visited Istanbul about five times till now and every time I go there I should go to the palace , a very well preserved place some times I feel I can hear the echo's of the past and the glorious parties and ceremonies of the ottoman empire. if you go there you can see the bed were Ataturk... More

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

I would probably rank this as my second best place to visit in Istanbul. The grounds of the palace a really lovely and you can wander around at your leisure. However the main palace and harem have timed visits and you have to go as part of a tour. This place is definitely worth a visit, particular the reception hall... More

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Houston, Texas
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26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This is a not to be missed place to visit. The tours are guided so please allow yourself lots of time.

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Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Fabulous. But: The tour is too short, photos are not allowed, and it's very hot inside. Everything is desperately in need of a major cleaning, layers of dust over everything. Even so, it's a beautiful palace and worth the admittance.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

It is a fascinating building, because it shows the Ottomans desperate desire to westernize. It was built to in a wave of modernization and westernizing to try to say it was a western power. It is amazing due to the fact it shows you what the Ottomans thought the west was like. In the end they took it way over... More

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Cumbria
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Opulent and very western influenced. Sadly you cannot take photos inside - very strict, and you have to go round with a tour guide. Our tour group was about 40 people, so you often couldn't hear what the guide was saying, and he didn't want to take questions until the end, by which time you'd lost the will. Would have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

amazing historic palace, so luxurious ,wonderful rooms and decorations ,definitely a must visit. the tours are not long, but the queues might be a bit too long, nice sea view and nice coffee shops around

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Tirana, Albania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

great experience in this interesting attraction of Istanbul. well organized tours inside the palace for English and Turkish speakers.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The last throw of the Ottomans stating ‘Anything you can do in the West, we can do better’. Cost was not a factor; this is self-indulgence on a massive scale; no wonder the Ottomans died out. Visitors are limited to 3000 a day so you have to go in a party. The visit requires quite a long time queuing so... More

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