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Beylerbeyi Palace

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Address: Parte asiatica | a orillas del Bosforo, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 216 321 9320
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This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign...

This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign heads of state visiting the Ottoman capital. Several palaces had been built and demolished at this site over the years. The present structure was built between 1861-1865 and has six staterooms and 26 smaller rooms.

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Nice Palace

Nice palace, quite and less crowded compare to the other attractions. You can't get inside without a guided tour, unfortunately English tour was not available so I got to stick... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice palace, quite and less crowded compare to the other attractions. You can't get inside without a guided tour, unfortunately English tour was not available so I got to stick with the Turkish tour.

Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The management apparently thinks this palace a treasure, charging 20 TL, making you wear protective plastic shoe bags and allowing only guided tours. The place is magnificent to say the least, very tall, beautifully decorated ceilings, windows with sea water right outside, fancy Rococo furniture, etc. But what guided tour! The guide looked like she did not want to be... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is located near to the suspension bridge and has many opulent rooms to view. One sad thing is photographs are not allowed inside for some reason [even with no flash.]

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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did an excursion on our own of the Asia side of Istanbul by ferry and bus and had a great time experiencing the Palace and the trip to get there. Read other reviews about the Palace and make sure you get an English tour. No need to sign up for an expensive tour. How to get there - You... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

One of the later osman palaces build in a pretty western european style with some oriental influences. The egyptian hall and the big hall on the ground floor with a fountain are the highlights. Although i visited during the week it was pretty crowded with people from a cruiseship. Unfortunately they skipped the english tour altogether, so I didn't understand... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is a beautiful Palace with a wonderful view of the city! The rooms are very well decorated and preserved! There are beautiful huge chandeliers! I don't recommend for people with walking disabilities, since there is a stair with more than 50 steps!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It is not in the main tourist route (on the Asian side of Istanbul) but that's why I liked the visit so much. The tour was much much smaller than the tours offered at Domabache palace. You can ask questions and interact with the very knowledgeable tour guide and not feel like you are just going through the motions. Make... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

good historic place but very bad behaviour of the staff that give the inside tour of the palace! suffecient information not giveen about the tour timings at the ticket window. lovely place to have memorable clicks with family, friends or even alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Beylerbeyi Palace is simply an amazing place to visit in Istanbul. You will be amazed by the decoration, furnitures, rooms, gardens... 2 drawbacks we found in this place. The first is you cannot take pictures inside and the second is some rooms are closed and you cannot access them

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

When I arrived after 4 the last English tour was finished. You cannot enter without a tour, though they will sell a ticket. I thought there would at least be nice gardens but the grounds are small. Interesting view of the bridge but you can't see the water due to a wall.

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