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“not what i was expecting”
Review of Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace
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$50.52*
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Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul
Ranked #9 of 1,115 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed October 24, 2012

i wanted to see some Oriental style inside and i found the same style you can find everywhere in the world almoust : barroque and rococco. If u wish to visit the Harem suppose part of the Palace you have to pay an extran fee.
You have to wait 2 times. Once for the tiket the second time to actually get inside.
You cannot make pictures and there is a guide no matter if u wish or not :)
The garden is nice .

Thank alexanana
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Oh my goodness where do I start? Totally over-priced in comparison to everything else in Istanbul. We stayed in Istanbul for a week and 'did' 2 sights a day. The most expensive was Topkapi at 25 Lira each. Dolmabahce palace was 30 Lira for the state apartments and 40 Lira for the Harem. We went in to the state apartments. It's only by guided tour and you get marched round in 45 minutes and you get told virtually nothing about what you're seeing. Total waste of time and money - we were so shocked and surprised compared to everything else we did in Istanbul. They were also amazingly precious about their carpets - everyone has to wear protective shoe covers before you even enter the front door!

2  Thank JacqFromDunfie
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The place is nice, it is an European style palace where you can see how the sultans liked to show off their richness in some kind of a thacky way, very barroque and rococco like. The gardens are nice, so is the view of the Bosphorus.
The down side of it is that you are obligated to visit it in a tour group. They make you almost run through the palace, the group is about 30 people and if you dont stand near the guide you cant hear what they say. Thay give a very fast explanaition (not very informative) and then rush into some other place. If you walk slower you miss the explanations and the guide of the next tour will catch you and ask you to walk faster.
I definitely wouldnt reccomend it, at least as long as they keep obbligating visitors to make this fast visit.
And it is kind of expensive (arround 30 TL without the Harem/ 40 TL with the Harem).
There are plenty of other very interesting and nice places in Istanbul to visit.
Not worth the time and the money.

Thank Cata_aeb
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Dolmabache Palace tells us about the life of Sultans and shows their wealth ! There was a long queue to get in the palace because only a limited number of people are allowed to enter at a time so we had to wait in hot sun. They also provide us with polythene shoe type packet to cover the sole of our shoe to protect their carpets. And also you are strictly not allowed to touch anything inside. But it is a must-go place and worth every penny !

Thank Pisces T
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Deep history, very pretty and expensive, perfect location overlooking the Bosphorus, yet all the glamour fades away when you start to sweat inside. The palace has not adequate air ventilation so in summer time it gets really stuffy and airless inside. For winter it is good. Second annoying part is you can see a fraction of the rooms. "Don't touch this, don't go there" mentality enables one to see almost every room from a distant corner. Palace is beautiful, presentation is poor.

Thank Deniz C
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