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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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  • Dolmabahce Palace is a must see. Amazing all around, from outside and inside. I was stunned by 2 of the halls in the palace so much that I stood still for several minutes and couldn’t move on. I wish....  more »
  • A couple of hours are rarely enough. Many subtleties. A great many stories... Dolmabahçe palace takes you to a totally extraordinary world with its enchanting climate.  more »
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  • Dolmabahçe Palace is a great museum and palace. It has a spectacular entrance with beautifully looked after gardens well worth a visit. The palace itself has stunning chandeliers with crystal staircases. The interior is fantastic but sadly photography is not allowed. It is a well maintained place and has an impressive history.
  • I called this palace as one of example of Lenin grads building in Turkey. Was amazing palace for a decade and still stunning with its relics and amazing collection inside. This is the best palace to visit where you will find both arts and architecture blend well telling their own history. Beautiful gates at the entrance and marble arch created in front as grand gates was amazing. You will feel like a fairy tales story where Cinderella arrived with golden carriage in front of the entrance here for Grand Ball. The architecture was truly amazing and you will never enough to see more inside. Tourist and visitors are not allowed to take pictures when visiting inside. Grand Bohemian Glasses Chandeliers with 4 tons heavy still hanging in this palace waiting for you. Do visit this amazing palace if you have free time in Istanbul
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