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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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  • It probably doesn't have the big gardens of Versailles, but the building itself in my opinion is way better and beautiful than the one in France. It's an exquisite to observe this jewel of the...  more »
  • It is a great atmosphere to be there with the smell of history. You can get a wonderful view from the seaside.  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.
  • An amazing palace as well as museum where many Kings and their family has lived. Indeed it is masterpiece. When you enter into the palace you will have the feelings of Kings like you are been living here from the centuries. It has a unique connection with the people who visit here.

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