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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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Unlike its popular Sultanahmet's counterpart, Dolmabahce Palace is considered a local treasure. Tucked away from the crowds, the Beşiktaş' waterfront palace was the Ottoman... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Unlike its popular Sultanahmet's counterpart, Dolmabahce Palace is considered a local treasure. Tucked away from the crowds, the Beşiktaş' waterfront palace was the Ottoman Empire's central port and provided an opulent administration center. Featuring the world's largest crystal chandelier weighing in at 10,000 pounds, (a gift from Queen Victoria) entering the grand foyer offers only a teaser of what's to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I am usually not a big fan of museums but this was an amazing experience especially with the guide who keeps explaining every details of the palace. The interiors, chandeliars are a piece of art and loved all of it...except the entrance fees which is kind of steep. But will recommend to all tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I loved this place. There is a lot of history hidden in this gem starting from 17th century and then flourishing in mid 19th century. Please note to buy tickets which include visiting the palace. There are guides who will take you through Dolmabahce (included in the ticket price). Please note Museum Pass is not valid for this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This palace is magnificent. i have visited the palace twice (2010 and 2014) and i was amazed from the glory of the place the second time even more than the first. If you have the time get both tickets (the palace and the Haramlik )... and if like me, little reading about the sultans of the Ottoman Empire before the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This palace sticks out amongst the more classic structures. It was like going to a french chateau or a German castle. You cannot take pictures inside and the tour groups clog the walkways (the guards do nothing to keep a path clear). The best advice I can give if you visit is to get there when they open as by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It's a must-do in Istanbul. It's beautiful and has a mix of architecture from various eras. The guided tour is a must so you understand the significance and the detailing of each aspect of the palace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

This is definitely was a luxury back in the 19th Century. the palace is huge, full of history & memories. Full of fantastic pieces of arts. The palace really gives you the feeling how civilizations are changing, and how that change is the only unchanging fact of the universe. It also gives you an idea how ALLAH is capable of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We went about 12:10pm, so almost peak time and we had to queue 40mins to get in, then once inside you have to queue again to get into the palace (~25mins). Yes, the inside is very lavish and worth seeing, but only just worth it. The English tour could have been better also.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The place the beautiful. However, it still needs renovation and much more care. Be aware that guided tour is compulsory, guides shared repeatedly inaccurate and superficial information. A pity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The palace are very good to visit. Its have a wonderful view to the strait. The interior are very luxury. Some are gold plated!! There is a chandelier 4 tons weight!!

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