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“Beautiful but no photos allowed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace
., Istanbul 34357, Turkey
(0212) 236 90 00
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Ranked #30 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Beautiful but no photos allowed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Very beautiful museum and interesting, however very expensive and I was a bit underwhelmed. It is very European in appearance and the harem was really not worth seeing. The grounds are very pretty and nice to walk around and the guide is very informative. However they are very strict that no photos are allowed and if you try and sneak a pic they will catch you - be warned! the changing of the guard outside the palace is definitely worth watching.

Visited January 2013
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“Most Luxurious Living I've Ever Seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I visited the Dolmabahce in December, so it was definitely the off-season for tourism. I didn't have to wait in a line to tour the Dolmabahce and it was comfortable inside. That being said, this was probably my favorite tourist site during my visit to Istanbul. It was absolutely mind blowing how intricate all of the wood work, masonry, and crystal work was throughout the palace. If I had to dream up a palace of my own, a lot of the features of the Dolmabahce would be present. You can't walk through the tour without pondering the enormous wealth the sultans must have had to build such a palace. Everything is covered in gold, marble, crystal, and pearl. Even little things like exotic woods embedded in the doors. If you plan on visiting any other palaces while in Istanbul, save this for last, because we went to see the Beylerbeyi Palace later in the day and it completely pales in comparison to the Dolmabahce.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful Palace on the Bosphorus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great palace & harem with lovely furniture & furnishings.
The long waits were a problem. More ticket sellers & guides might help.
Restaurant was overwhelmed and there was no place to sit down.

Visited January 2013
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“Good to see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It is a very nice palace and museum, you get to see 35 tonnes of gold!!
I mean it was presenting all there is that was worth of riches and money! From the crytals to The world's largest Bohemian crystal chandelier is in the center hall, a gift from Queen Victoria of England.
It is forbidden to take photos inside the palace, and it is a guided tour (from their staff).
It\s very beautiful, it has a coffee shop outside, make sure you take a tea cup by the sea outside. We were there during the winter and it was REALLY COLD and yet we did have a tea outside! It was worth it :)
I can imagine how beautiful it would be during the summer!
ONE advice: visit this place VERY early in the morning or you will have a LONG queue!

Visited December 2012
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“worth visiting but expensive for what you get”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

it was a guided tour and the girl was explaining well, but I dont think its one of a kind , they are exagerating I guess... and you didnt have time to really look at the paintings or furnitures...go there if only u have extra time

Visited December 2012
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