Dolmabahce Palace Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace Is The Shining Palace In Istanbul?

Istanbul has many great palaces such as Topkapi Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace, and so on. One of Istanbul palaces is different from some features than others. It was decorated with shining and eye-catching stuff. It is the Dolmabahce Palace.

The Dolmabahce Palace

The Dolmabahce Palace, which adds beauty to the Bosphorus with its unique appearance when lightened at night, is a unique place especially for those who are curious about the palace life in the last period of the Ottoman Empire. The palace, which is close to the touristic places of Istanbul such as Taksim, Beşiktaş and Kabataş, promises you a trip that you will be affected by culturally for many years.

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Dolmabahce Palace’s Inside Stairs

History Of The Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace was built by the thirty-first Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid. Dolmabahçe Palace, designed in the Western-style following the Ottoman modernization goal. It was opened for use on June 7, 1856. The construction of this magnificent palace, the construction of which started on 13 June 1843.

Dolmabahçe Palace was built by the architect Garabet Amira Balyan and her son Nikogos Balyan. This palace built based on western architecture; It was used in the times of Abdulmecid, Abdulaziz, Murad V, Abdulhamid II, Mehmed Resad V, Mehmed IV (Vahdeddin) to manage state affairs. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed away in his bedroom here after spending his last years in this palace.

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The Dolmabahce Palace

Features of the Dolmabahce Palace

The magnificent palace is today as the Palace Collections Museum brings history buffs together in Istanbul. Many valuable works can be seen here. If you are curious about the last periods of the Ottoman, you should discover the mysteries of Dolmabahçe Palace.


The palace, which has an area of ​​110,000 square meters, is located on a total area of ​​250,000 square meters. With a width of 600 meters along the quay, the palace is a huge building with 43 halls and 285 rooms.


The palace has a three-floors symmetrical plan. Since it has a mustard (attic) section in the section extending to the land side, it turns into a 4-floors building.

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The Dolmabahce Palace’s hall


Dolmabahçe Palace basically consists of 3 sections: Harem-i Hümayun, Selamlık (Mâbeyn-i Hümayun) and Ceremonial Hall (Muâyede Hall).


The reception room, surrounded by 56 columns, fascinates visitors with a 4.5-tonne chandelier hanging from the ceiling. With its 36-meter-high dome, the reception room is among the largest in the world in this respect.


The foundation and outer walls of the palace are made of solid stone, and the ceiling and roof are made of wood.

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Dolmabahce palace rooms


The carved alabaster marbles used in the harem section of six baths are eye-catching for the enthusiasts.


While the furniture used in the palace was designed with the style of Western culture, objects and carpets from the Eastern culture were used in many parts of the palace.


The architecture of Dolmabahçe Palace was designed based on eclecticism. This means that the best-accepted features from different architectural styles are taken and used.


To diversify the sections inside the palace: Selamlık, harem, Clock Museum, Glass Pavilion and Painting Museum, garden, medhal hall, vizier room, stairs, temple hall, ambassador and interpreter rooms, zülvecheyn, library, blue hall, pink hall, examination hall and reception room, sections that can be visited within the palace. In addition, Atatürk has a room in the palace.


In the palace’s collection, works such as the piano gifted by Napoleon, paintings by Ivan Ayvazovski, two gray bear hides by the Russian Tsar and the Hereke carpet of 124 m2 in size can be seen.

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Dolmabahce Palace’s Hall

Parts of the Dolmabahce Palace

In the palace’s collection, works such as the piano gifted by Napoleon, paintings by Ivan Ayvazovski, two gray bear hides by the Russian Tsar and the Hereke carpet of 124 m2 in size can be seen.


Mâbeyn, which carries out the internal and external affairs of the state, fascinates its visitors as the most magnificent part of the main building. Medhal Hall located at the entrance; Crystal Ladder providing access to the upper floor; The Süferâ Hall, where the envoys are hosted, and the Red Room, where the sultan accepts the visitors, are the areas I will recommend you to see in the Selamlık part of the palace. Also on the upper floor of this section is the Zülvecheyn Hall, which allows the sultan to pass to his private room.

The Harem

The Harem part of the historical building, which used by 6 sultans and 1 Ottoman Caliph from the year 1856 until its completion, was designed to be a part of the main building, unlike its peers, such as the Topkapı Palace built before.

The Muayye Hall

The Muayye Hall between Selamlik and Harem has a magnificent appearance thanks to its area exceeding 2,000 square meters and its 36-meter-high dome. The chandelier brought from England in the middle of the hall is especially worth seeing.

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The Dolmabahce Palace’s Opening Hours And Fees

Vising Hours : 09:00 – 16:00

Entrance fee-Ticket Price: $15

How to get the Dolmabahce Palace?

Dolmabahçe Palace, which will amaze you with its magnificence, is located on a zero-strait location on Dolmabahçe Street, located within the boundaries of Beşiktaş district. Although there are places such as “Palace Collections Museum, BJK İnönü Stadium, and Naval Museum” around the palace, the historical streets of Beşiktaş will also appeal to you.

So how to get to Dolmabahce Palace? Let’s answer the question. Those who live on the Anatolian Side can reach Beşiktaş Pier after a 15-minute journey by ferry departing from Kadıköy or Üsküdar coast. From here, they can come to the museum after a 5-minute walk towards BJK Stadium.

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A lion statue of the Dolmabahce Palace’s garden

Dolmabahce Palace Location

Notice! During the summertime, there is a long ticket queue so it is recommended to visit this palace early in the morning.

Notice! If you don’t want to miss anything about the Dolmabahce Palace, you should get a Dolmabahce Palace tour for visiting with a tourist guide.

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Other Tourist Attractions nearby

There are many sights in the area, such as the Dolmabahce Mosque, the Dolmabahce Clock Tower, the Palace Collections, Istanbul Archaeological Museum and the Istanbul Naval Museum. If you are interested in seeing the other historical building in Istanbul, you should visit the Topkapi Palace or the Beylerbeyi Palace.


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