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Dolmabahçe Palace

Castle in Istanbul, Türkiye

Travel Tips

Explore its fascinating interiors and stunning Bosphorus views. 1

Start your day here and take a short walk to the mosque nearby. 2

Guided tours only. Ticket prices vary for different sections. 3

Arrive early to avoid crowds. 4

Check opening times and book tickets in advance to skip the lines. 5

Don't miss the Crystal Staircase and the Ceremonial Hall. 6

Close to the ferries that depart from Beşiktaş. 7

Soak up the beauty with your eyes and enjoy the outside views for photographs. 8

Introduction

History

  • 📅 Commissioned: 1843 by Sultan Abdulmejid I
  • 🏗️ Construction: Began in 1846, completed in 1856
  • 🏛️ Administrative Center: Main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887 and from 1909 to 1922
  • 📜 Treaty of Paris: First international treaty signed here in 1861
  • 🏛️ Ottoman Parliament: First Ottoman parliament opened here in 1876
  • 👑 Last Sultan: Home to six Sultans until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924
  • 🏛️ Turkish Republic: Seized by the new Turkish Republic in 1922
  • 🏛️ Atatürk: Used as a presidential residence by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • 🏛️ Museum: Converted into a museum in 1984

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Architecture

  • 🏛️ Style: Baroque Revival and Rococo Revival
  • 🏗️ Architects: Garabet Balyan, Nigoğayos Balyan, and Evanis Kalfa
  • 🏛️ Layout: Divided into Selamlık (public area) and Harem (private area)
  • 🏛️ Ceremonial Hall: Features a 36m high dome and the world's largest crystal chandelier
  • 🏛️ European Influence: Reflects European styles and standards of the Tanzimat period
  • 🏛️ Materials: Extensive use of gold, crystal, and expensive stones like Marmara marble and Egyptian alabaster

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Interior Highlights

  • 🏛️ Crystal Chandelier: World's largest, with 750 lamps and weighing 4.5 tonnes
  • 🏛️ Crystal Staircase: Made of Baccarat crystal, brass, and mahogany
  • 🏛️ Hereke Carpets: Largest collection of Hereke palace carpets
  • 🏛️ Paintings: Collection includes works by Ivan Aivazovsky, Gustave Boulanger, and Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • 🏛️ Gold Decoration: 14 tonnes of gold used to gild the ceilings
  • 🏛️ Sultan's Hamam: Decorated with Egyptian alabaster

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Gardens and Grounds

  • 🌳 Original Use: Site was originally a bay used for Ottoman fleet anchorage
  • 🌳 Reclaimed: Area reclaimed in the 18th century to become an imperial garden
  • 🌳 Name Origin: Dolmabahçe means 'Filled-in Garden' in Turkish
  • 🌳 Garden Complex: Limited space for gardens due to the large palace structure
  • 🌳 Adjacent Buildings: Includes the Dolmabahçe Mosque and Clock Tower
  • 🌳 Imperial Garden: Appreciated by Ottoman sultans for its beauty

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Visitor Information

  • 🕒 Opening Hours: Typically open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, closed on Mondays
  • 🎟️ Ticket Prices: Varies, generally around 90-120 Turkish Lira for adults
  • 📍 Location: Beşiktaş district, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 🌐 Website: https://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/en
  • 📞 Contact: +90 212 236 90 00
  • 🚶 Guided Tours: Available in multiple languages, often included in ticket price
  • 📸 Photography: Generally not allowed inside the palace
  • 🚇 Transportation: Easily accessible via public transport, including buses and trams

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Travel Information
📞   Phone: +90 212 236 90 00
🌐   Website: http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/saraylar/dolmabahce-sarayi
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Türkiye
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