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Dolmabahce Palace was built in the reign of Sultan I Abdulmecit during the 19th century.

This over-ornate palace lies along the European coast of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahce Palace tour guide will explain how was constructed between 1843 and 1856. Mixing different European artistic influences and built by Abdulmecit’s architect, Karabet Balya.
It was built over three levels, and symmetrically planned, with 285 chambers and 43 halls.
It has a 600m long pier along the river, with two huge monumental gates.


Explore Ottoman’s most beautiful ornamented palace with a licensed tour guide and get dolmabahce entrance ticket.
Don’t waste time in long queue.

The palace is surrounded by well-maintained and immaculate gardens, with an immense 56-columned greeting hall, with 750 lights illuminated from 4.5 tonnes of crystal chandelier.
The entrance was used for meeting and greeting Sultans, and opposite the ceremonial hall was the harem.
The interior decoration, furniture, silk carpets and curtains all remain with little defect.


The palace has a level of luxury not present in most other palaces, with walls and ceilings decorated with gold and European art from the period.
Top quality silk and wool carpets, southeast Asian hand-made artifacts, and crystal candlesticks adorn every room.
The men’s hamam (public bath) is adorned with alabaster marble, and the harem also contains the Sultan’s bedrooms and the women and servants’ divisions.
One of the highlights is the throne room, which stands at an amazing 36-metres high – almost twice the height of the rest of the rooms.

The east wing is home to the Museum of Fine Arts.

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