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Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Sultan Abdülmecit in 1856. The palace, designed by architects Garabet Balyan and his son Nikogos, is quite magnificent. It is striking that it is so splendid despite the fact that it was built during the difficult days of the Ottoman Empire. Dolmabahçe, which reflects the traces of Ottoman rule for hundreds of years, is a place where the traditions and western traces unite. The palace built with debts from large foreign banks is only open to guided tours.



The palace built upon the insufficiency of the Topkapi Palace for the necessary meetings, has been divided into two sections as haremlik (for women only) and selamlik (or men only). There are official rooms and ceremony hall in the salutation part and private living areas of the sultan and his family in the part of for only women.

At the beginning of the Dolmabahçe Palace, you should definitely see the Crystal Staircase, the Bab-i Humayun gate used by the sultan and viziers only once, the Kuğulu Swimming Pool in the garden created in the 16th century, the Cerasim Hall for 2500 people and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's Bedroom, where Atatürk died, the Sultan's Bath with silver and marble embroidery.

There are 285 rooms and 43 saloons in Dolmabahçe Palace. Dolmabahçe, which is located at the seaside in Besiktas, is quite magnificent especially with night lighting. You should definitely witness the sight of the sea even when you are walking in the palace.

Dolmabahçe Palace Visiting Information


Address: Vishnezade St., 34357 Beşiktaş Istanbul

Transportation: You can reach Dolmabahçe Palace near İnönü Stadium in approximately 15 minutes' walk from Taksim. You can also get here by bus, ferry or tram to Beşiktaş.

Visiting Days and Hours: Visible from 09:00 to 16:00 every day except Mondays and Thursdays.
Entry Fees: Full ticket is 30, discount ticket is 15 Lira.

Website: http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/portalmain/Palaces.aspx?SarayId=10

Notes: Entrance fees and visit times may vary periodically. Please check the website for updated information.

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