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Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Phone Number: (0212) 236 90 00
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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A must see attraction in Istanbul, morning prefered with a lot of ottoman empire architecture and lovely old furniture and carpets, you can also see the room of Kamal Ataturk... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

A must see attraction in Istanbul, morning prefered with a lot of ottoman empire architecture and lovely old furniture and carpets, you can also see the room of Kamal Ataturk where he spent his last minutes

Thank Osama H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Unlike the other historical places in istanbul , this palace is quite different it its own way . Made if white marble it looks amazingly fresh with the river flowing behind make it looks more scenic !

Thank Raj G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is one of the must see place in Istanbul. english speaking guide was extremely good, kept me interesting throughout the journey.

Thank Rik H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Palace is very impressive . When you understand that you aren't in France nor Italy ,it is amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dolmabahçe Palace is best accessed from the final tram stop, and a short brisk walk along the ferry wharves. Early fall meant trees turning their best colors out. Pity we weren't allowed pictures. Be sure to visit the paintings museum and harem for a fuller experience by taking a ticket accordingly from the gate. Amazing chandeliers and well educated guides... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing palace - even from the outside. It is located at the Besiktas area. As the seat of the Ottoman administration in the late 19th and early 20th century, this is a massive place to visit. Be sure to be there early as this is one of the top destinations and lines can be VERY long..we could... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

But it was a shame we weren't allowed to take any photos, the whole place was amazing! The chandeliers were absolutely out of this world!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In Istanbul you can easily get tired of visiting the many mosques, museums and palaces, but Dolmabahce is definitely a must-see. Located on the Bosporus and relatively new by Istanbul standards, it was the residence of latter day Ottoman sultans and, eventually, the residence of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. A good guide makes the tour all the better... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If i were rating just the palace and not the whole experience, this would beca five star event. However, one is required to enter through a tour either in english or turkish unless one pays extra for an outside tour group, which many do. My preference however us to visit places on my schedule and pace rather than that of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tours are required, which would be great if they provided more historical context for those without extensive knowledge of Turkish history. The highlight of the tour is the largest chandelier in Europe, but disappointingly it wasn't lit up. Also, this appears to be a favorite of school groups. On the upside the views of the water are great and the... More 

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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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