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Dolmabahce Palace

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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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Istanbul 34357, Turkey
+90 212 236 90 00
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Reviewed today via mobile

It is a must see and visit location when you go to Istanbul. It is magical. Shows how great the Ottoman empire was.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gerdur Gudrun A
Reviewed today via mobile

the palace is so big view is perfect. The photo there can be a master piece on October 2018 the ticket was around 65 lira

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dohae638
Reviewed today via mobile

We bowled up to the stunning palace and were not disappointed. All the positive comments stated before we agree with. Several housekeeping matters: 1) Our DK Guidebook says that admission is by guided tour only. This is not the case. 2) The audophone guide is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NapierAro
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best place to visit in Istanbul ! Entrance is to low for things that are inside (only 90 TL tickets that includes Harem and with tickets goes free audio guide). There is no word for describe something like that. Just amazing. You can take fabilous...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank teazivkovic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a sensational Palace, we bought tickets for both the palace and Hamam. It’s spectacular to see how the Sultans and their wives lived. The Romney had their own quarters not as plush as the Sultans. It is all indoors and we were unlucky...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Yelizgg
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nothing can prepare for you for the sheer luxury. Shame not to be allowed to take photographs but that does put the focus on the sheer ornate decorative design. A step back in time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank koffiekitten
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

90TL for all museums within the palace. Palace is huge compared to the others in Europe. Beautiful interior and intricate designs. Fyi do bring along any form of ID or passport to rent the audio guide for free!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jcwlg
Reviewed 4 days ago

The empire was ruled from this palace for the last 70 years, The gardens and the palace are the most beautiful attraction in Istanbul from my point of view.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank paullamar69
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dolmabahce is arguably the most complete palace/museum in the world. There are larger ones, but this one has the full original architecture and mind boggling over-the-top ornate fit out on full display as originally designed. Amazing from head to heel and many displays of contemporary...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very large, impressive palace located on the Bosphorus. Great historical value. Very ornate and elaborately finished. Well worth a visit even though a bit difficult to get to. We went on a combined tour with a cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus This was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
28 September 2018|
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Response from nahalghasemi | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's free and you can get it with your passport and your ticket at the entrance