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Address: Istanbul 34357, Turkey
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+90 212 236 9000
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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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Dolmabahçe palace is so beautiful and extensively decorated with gold and crystal. It served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922. A must... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2015
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Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

Dolmabahçe palace is so beautiful and extensively decorated with gold and crystal. It served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922. A must visit place in Istanbul.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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Reviewed September 2, 2015

Did not enter to the palace due to a long waiting line. But had a coffee at the cafe just beside the palace with an amazing sea view.

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Tbilisi, T'bilisi, Georgia
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Reviewed September 2, 2015

the first thing that impress you when coming to Dolmabahce Palace is the scale and the beauty of the building and the gates that lead you there...but when entering it you are simply dumbfounded by the richness of room decorations, by its library,halls, and of course the handmade carpets and unbelievable chandeliers... so when walking through the halls of the... More 

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Reviewed September 1, 2015

We visited here with a half day tour. It was a freezing cold day but provided you are rugged up for it the walk around outside while waiting to enter the Palace was OK. Once inside th ePalace it was a very informative tour and interesting to see all the furnishings

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Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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Reviewed September 1, 2015

I recommend only the Harem section of it especially to those who want to understand that the harem was just a kind of family. But not only, also a genetic& intellectual laboratory. For this second wait for my blog post on blog.foodieleons.com

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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 1, 2015

The palace is worth a look and the cost is not outrageous. The 35 minute tour gets your through the place but the guides are not the best. Our tour had a large number of people 80-100. The guide was at the head of the group and those at the read couldn't hear. It wold be better with a self-guided... More 

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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Reviewed September 1, 2015

The Dolmabahçe Palace was built in the name of Ottoman sultan Abdulmecid in 1843 and he became the home of six last Ottoman sultans as well as their official residences. It is one of the must places of Istanbul to be visited by travelers in Bosphorus area. The founder of modern Turkey Atatürk used this palace as the summer house... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 1, 2015

Its a place worth visiting during a journey to Istanbul. Its picturesque location , artefacts, layout and location is stunning.Travelled in Dec 2006.

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Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

I've been to Istanbul a few times and never was able to see Dolmabache Palace. Finally we were able to visit it during our day long stopover. I must say of all the places I've been to in Istanbul, replete with history and artifacts that they are, Dolambache was a disappointment. Compared to European museums it's not very well kept... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed August 31, 2015

I believe that Dolmabahce Palace was my favorite place to see in Istanbul, closely followed by the Basilica Cistern. To get there you take tram T1 until Kabatas and then you have to walk for 10-15 minutes. When we got there at around 9.30 AM the queue wasn't long and we waited no more than 10 minutes to buy our... 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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