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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

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Be transported to the luxury of the Ottoman Empire as you walk through the lush halls and gardens of Dolmabahce Palace. This palace is the largest in Turkey with 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths, and 68 toilets. It was also the administrative center for the Ottoman Empire for over 50 years and is quite highly regarded among the Turks. As you walk through the palace, notice the influence of Arabic and Persian culture, which predated the Ottoman Empire. Currently, the palace is divided into public and private areas for tourists and the Sultan, respectively. Between the two is the Ceremonial Hall with a 36 m (118 ft) high dome and a 750-lamp chandelier gifted by Queen Victoria. Keep in mind that you cannot see the whole palace; some areas are off limits. Plan to visit Dolmabahce Palace during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Quite an experience internally and externally in the grounds. Not allowed to take photos inside. Tour inside takes you a certain route to see in the various halls and rooms. Kids enjoyed the experienc...  more »
  • You don't expect to see so much European palace in Turkey. It is necessary to visit. Inside, the right to take pictures is impossible, but it is worth it to reach the very end. The last hall captures the scale. Inside the art museum is very worthy of attention.
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  • Amazing palace! One of the most beautiful palaces I've ever visited. The place is so rich and has so many rooms and expensive things that will make you wonder how people could live in all that luxury while the general population suffered.
  • Lovely palace with all the history involved. I do wish we got a chance to take pictures inside. Besides that a really wonderful place to visit when in Turkey. Also I would recommend buying the ticket for all areas to truly enjoy your visit
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