Dolmabahçe Palace Tours – Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Sarayı


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Hours : daily from 09.00 – 16.00 (4 pm)

About this place

This glamorous palace has a special place in the history of Turkey. Not only it was the residence of the last Ottoman Sulans but it is the place where the founder of the modern Turkey passed away. An interesting fact is that all clocks in the palace were stopped at the time when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died, i.e. at 9:05, 1938. A clock in the room where he died still stands.

The palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in the second half of the 19th century. Its construction lasted for about 20 years and it can be divided into three main parts. State Apartments, Ceremonial Hall, and the Imperial Harem.

Since 1984, the palace has been opened to public as a ˝museum palace˝. It spreads on an area of 11.2 acres or 45,000 square meters containing 285 rooms, 46 halls, 68 toilets and 6 large baths where nobilities enjoyed in Turkish steam baths.

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