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Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 236 9000
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 that...

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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Historical site

This is a good place to visit if you are interested to know how sultans lived. The last room is huge and magnificent from all angles and perspectives. Expensive entry ticket.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a good place to visit if you are interested to know how sultans lived. The last room is huge and magnificent from all angles and perspectives. Expensive entry ticket.

Thank glust
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the must to see attraction in Istanbul, the place not very old, Ataturk lived in the palace, semi modern, every thing inside original, to get in you have to wait for long time in long queue, only guided tour, you can't enter without a guide, the provide us a plastic bag to cover our shoes, not allowed to... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed this more than Topkapi and spent three times as long. There are multiple parts to visit: - main palace: guided tour only but times are posted so go to one of the side visits and come back - harem: home of the Sultan's family. - again timed so check the times - Painting museum (their title, not mine),... More 

Thank CTF01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very beautifully built and it looks like heaven. So beautiful it looks. The gates building everything is soo good

1 Thank itzmelux
Salerno, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very rich and historical building full of treasures and historical stuff of the 900 turkish politics

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothingggggg!!!!! To do there I wasted time and money there, nothing cultural nothing special you just go see rooms with furniture and that's it

Thank Georges S
Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I consider this palace on of the most luxurious and sophisticated places I have visited in Istanbul, just beautiful! The painting, decorations, gardens , furniture, everything is just amazing. It's well organized too , they have a walking tours in your spoken language, which is included in your ticket; inside the building, to give you a brief about it's history.... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The palace's front built by Sultan Abdülmecit I extends 600 meters along the European shore of the Bosphorus. It was built between 1843-1855 by Garabet Amira Balyan and his son Nigoğos Balyan, a mixture of European architectural styles And our first leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was died here Very important for me . World knows all about him. He 's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place with history of the past! You have the way ti enjoy beautiful buildings from the previous centuries!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a pity that this palace, though needed for modern ages, replaced the Topkapi Palace. It's too much imitation Versailles. Again: I understand the need for it, but it's too much in many ways. At the same time it is interesting of course, but once you have seen it, you're done. No need to see it a second time (like... 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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