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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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  • Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul Worst experience of my life!!!!!!!! 842122267 Wish I could place -5 stars. The staff that works there discriminated us, me and my bf because we are gay guys and i had a....  more
    Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul Worst experience of my life!!!!!!!! 842122267 Wish I could place -5 stars. The staff that works there discriminated us, me and my bf because we are gay guys and i had a....  more »
  • Really very splendid and well worth a visit. Forget a tour guide. The audio guide is plentiful and gives you enough information. One of our favourite places to visit. Allow a couple of hours. 
    Really very splendid and well worth a visit. Forget a tour guide. The audio guide is plentiful and gives you enough information. One of our favourite places to visit. Allow a couple of hours.  more »
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  • Very beautiful Palace and full of history, and worth visiting. We arrived in a weekday at 10 am, and there was a two queues, the first is for security check and then the second for tickets. We finished both in 15 or 20 minutes. However, at 1 pm both queues were very long which needs 60+ minutes to finish. The standard ticket is 300 TL per person. The ticket gives you access to 2 Palaces and a museum, which will need more than 3 hours to complete. You can also buy the ticket with European or Asian museums and you have 1 week to visit the museum at a discounted price. No parking available at the Palace so I recommend going by transportation. Not recommended for small kids, they are getting very bored here. No photos are allowed inside the Palace. I recommend having the speakers before entrance with your language. It is add a lot to your experience and it is very. However, you will need to submit a verification document such your passport or your ID and collect it back at the exist.
  • I haven't seen such a beautiful place. I liked it better than Versailles. Amazing rooms and halls. Magnificent decorations. The Sultan's bath made of alabaster is gorgeous. It's a must while in İstanbul.

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