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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
Fee: Yes
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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I had come here as part of an externally booked tour so did not have to wait for tickets but did have to queue up outside as they only let a certain number of people in at once... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I had come here as part of an externally booked tour so did not have to wait for tickets but did have to queue up outside as they only let a certain number of people in at once. We were one of the first groups there and the queues very quickly built up behind us. You have to put on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Very impressive palace and grounds. Tour was short and not particularly informative. Felt very rushed. We were not allowed to take photos. Also, everyone must wear plastic covers on their shoes, which is not easy to apply when surrounded by massive groups. They need to re-think the approach to letting in tourists....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This Palace shows how the Sultans modernized their living style. The grounds are what you would expect when price is no object. The finest displays of craftsmanship applied to home furnishings as interpreted by the artist of that date are well presented. No pictures please. 2 hours are well spent. Popular attraction. Tours are available in English

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

If you like to see how rulers wasted their money on ostentation this is the place to go, crystal stairs, huge chandeliers , really a a great display of wealth. The only downside i found the visit a bit short but I would do it again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Dolmabahce is a beautiful and eccentric palace. Some rooms in the inside have more gold than Versailles and the Baccarat chandeliers are the most amazing chandeliers I have ever seen. However be ready for long lines even in MArch... (maybe after lunch is not the best time). Then once you get inside you are packed in groups with a guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Really a clear picture about the Sultan's life and the approaching end of the Empire. Views and architecture is just brilliant, in a best of breed style of mid 19th century. Definitely visit Harem and clocks museum, which is the real piece of art. Very nice views of the Bosphorus. Queues will start from about 11 o'clock, so in case... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Long wait. First at the main gate, then at the ticket office, and then at the entrance to the palace - it took me about an hour. The last queue is particularly annoying (and not because it was raining/snowing/sleeting today) because that's when you realise that there are no individual visits, only groups. Hence you wait for the next guided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Tickets are 30 TL per person for the palace, but are justified with the tour inside. An english speaker guides the tour which takes about 45 minutes. Amazing ceilings and furniture. One of the best interiors of historical buildings a person can see. Gift shop is poor though (prices and content).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

For comparison, you'd have to thin Versailles. But the setting of the Dolmabahce Palace, right by the Bosphorus with STUNNING views, is unmatchable. The palace itself, with hundreds of rooms, many of them much larger than an "ordinary" McMansion's footprint, and ornate carvings & decorations, isn't the sort of place I would enjoy living in. It apparently killed many of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have been to this palace many times and each time I go, I admire with this Barok style palace. I like the glamour, fanciness, symetry. Those crystal lamps are magnificent. I think every visitor if Istanbul mist see this place to see different arcitectire and starting of modern Turkey thanks to Atatürk ;)

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