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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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  • Beautiful place,amazing gardens. Would love to visit it again. It had too much security checks, made me feel uncomfortable as if they were expecting something to happen. 
    Beautiful place,amazing gardens. Would love to visit it again. It had too much security checks, made me feel uncomfortable as if they were expecting something to happen.  more »
  • We spent nearly half a day, touring this massive and impressive palace. Superb views of the sea as well. 
    We spent nearly half a day, touring this massive and impressive palace. Superb views of the sea as well.  more »
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  • Marvelously, extraordinarily, magnificent !! What a lavish place to visit. The sense of history literally pops out of every single detail in this place. Make sure you're wearing comfy clothes and shoes as the tour may take 4 hours at least! Better to come as early as possible to avoid long ticket lines, or purchase your tickets online. Also, early arrival gives you the advantage of relaxing in the gardens and wander around without having to control time. Loved every single bit of it!
  • Absolutely stunning!! Would highly recommend anyone visiting Istanbul to go and view this site. Its about a 10min walk from the last tram stop. Everything from the gardens to the beautiful Palace rooms on display are well worth seeing. The coffee shop on the premises was reasonably priced. Entry fee at TL300 was a bit steep in my opinion.

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