Dolmabahçe Palace is a palace that was built by Sultan Abdulmecit in 1856. The palace, designed by architects Garabet Balyan and his son Nikogos, is quite magnificent. It is striking that it is so splendid despite the fact that it was built during the difficult days of the Ottoman Empire. Dolmabahçe, which reflects the traces of Ottoman domination for hundreds of years, is a place where the traditions and western traces unite. The palace built with gotten debts from large foreign banks is only open to guided tours.
The palace built for the reason that Topkapi Palace failed to satisfy for the necessary meetings, is divided into two sections as haremlik and selamlik (salutation). There are official rooms and ceremony hall in the selamlik section, private living areas of the sultan and his family in the haremlik section.
Among the pieces and works you should definitely see in Dolmabahçe Palace are Crystal Staircase, Bab-i Humayun gate, which was once used only by sultans and viziers, the Ceramics Hall for 2500 people, Atatürk's Bedroom, which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed away on November 10, 1938, Sultan's Bath inlaid with silver and marble.
There are 285 rooms and 43 saloons in Dolmabahçe Palace, which is indispensable of places to visit in Istanbul. Dolmabahçe, which is located at the beachfront location in Besiktas, is quite magnificent with especially night lightings. Even if you don't walk in the palace, you should witness its appearance from the sea.
Dolmabahçe Palace Visiting Informations
Address: Adres: Vişnezade Neighborhood, 34357 Beşiktaş İstanbul
Transportation: You can reach Dolmabahçe Palace located near İnönü Stadium by walking for approximately 15 minutes' from Taksim. Also, it is possiable to get here by bus, ferry or tram going towards Beşiktaş.
Opening Days and Hours: It can be visited from 09:00 to 16:00 every day except Mondays and Thursdays.
Entrance Fees: Full ticket is 30, discount ticket is 15 Lira.
Website: Dolmabahçe Palace Website
Notes: Entrance fees and visit times may vary periodically. Please check the website for updated information.