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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

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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. 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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  • This is a gorgeous, luxurious style Baroque and Rococco building. You will learn much about how the sultans of the late Ottoman Empire lived, how women lived inside the harem and how they plotted... 
    This is a gorgeous, luxurious style Baroque and Rococco building. You will learn much about how the sultans of the late Ottoman Empire lived, how women lived inside the harem and how they plotted...  more »
  • The palace worth the visit. Beautiful art pieces, rich history. Wonderful gardens. Great architecture and view to the Bosphorus. 
    The palace worth the visit. Beautiful art pieces, rich history. Wonderful gardens. Great architecture and view to the Bosphorus.  more »
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  • I went to this beautiful palace first thing in the morning when it wasn’t so busy. The palace is truly massive and has many rooms, it’s takes about around 1 hour to get around the whole place! Definitely worth a visit but do go early at open time as it will be less crowded!
  • I highly recommend visiting the palace! It is beautiful both on the inside and the outside. The gardens are v well looked after and nice to be in. The inside of the palace is well furnished and is in a good condition. I also recommend to take an audio guide; it’s free, and the info it tells at each station is sufficient to understand the story behind the place. It would be nice to spend 5-6 hours in the Palace if you’re planning on visiting all of the parts of the Palace and on chilling in the gardens.

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