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Dolmabahce Palace

Closes in 23 min: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Istanbul 34357, Turkey
+90 212 236 90 00
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Reviewed yesterday

Haven't visited a bunch of palaces around the world, but this one has to be near the top of the heap in terms of luxury and creature comforts. First, it's huge; you'll spend more than an hour just walking through it. It was not only...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed yesterday

Our friend recommend this place for us to visit when we're in Istanbul. And I just can't stop saying Wow during our tour inside the palace. The greatest palace that showing ottoman empire. Taking pictures and videos are strictly not allowed in the palace.

Thank Wachyuni S
Reviewed yesterday

Beatiful inside and outside where late Ottoman rulers and the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal lived. It is stil being used as a museum and by the government official for special occasions. It is a typical European palace with Turkish flavor (e.g., Turkish Bath).

Thank Fahri K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The palace represents an important history era. It's an amazing luxury architecture design. A must visit place in Istanbul.

1  Thank IslamAnwar
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The palace is beautiful inside especially the ball room at the end. some of the buildings were closed due to reconstruction, but the grounds and palace are worth a visit.

Thank fahmidahb
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excelent place to fi. Visit the palace in the morning to avoid crawds. The palace has great arhitecture.

Thank ovidiu b
Reviewed 3 days ago

The usual baroque overload. Skip if you have limited time in Istanbul or seen baroque palaces elsewhere, eg, Russia, France or Germany. Otherwise nice. Very big!

Thank GoranWembley
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning palace and place,huge and well keeped. Take a audio guide,it's free,just leave pasport as a deposit and show a entrance ticket.Very well explained all about history of the palace,every room and pices of history inside palace.Garden is stuning! Must see!

Thank TheBokaBay
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have been to many palaces around the world , but I can say I really enjoyed this visit Even it is not part of a they offer free handsets in multiple languages for your visit Also when u buy the tickets there are a...More

Thank themanthemyth1688
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Getting to understand how the Sultan and subjects used to live is indescribable... Majestic Palace with beautiful gardens and right by the Bosphorous. If you're into history, it is a must visit!

Thank Laura74
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Nawal Z
6 October 2018|
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Response from Mami2x | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you would be, as we had to put protective sleeves over our shoes, as you are walking over some very expensive carpets and they don't want the visitors to destroy them - I guess that would be a reason for not... More
1 October 2018|
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Response from MicheleParis | Reviewed this property |
Better to arrive as early as possible. No need for reservation. There are audio guides. Be careful, no pictures are allowed inside the building. The visit is pretty long as the palace is realy huge. Don't forget to visit the... More
Aratrika M
28 September 2018|
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Response from A k J | Reviewed this property |
The audio guide is included in the ticket price. It is available just before entrance to the palace. Audio guide is useful and they adjust the language in which u hear before giving. Lot of languages are available. They... More