Dolmabahçe Palace (Guided Tour)
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The grand Dolmabahçe Palace was the last and likely most expensive residence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It has 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets and six hammams (Turkish baths) and is set along the beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. There are many beautiful furnishings, artworks and other priceless treasures on display but one of the most spectacular is the 4.5 tonne crystal chandelier hanging in the Grand Ceremonial Hall. It's the largest chandelier in the world!
You will notice that Dolmabahçe Palace has a more European style than Topkapı Palace. In the 19th century, Sultan Abdül Mecit hired Armenian architects, a French decorator and European artists to build a modern Palace like those of other European Monarchies. The result is the unique mix of traditional Ottoman and Western European styles you see today.
When the Ottoman Empire came to an end and the Turkish Republic was formed, the Palace was used as a State Residence for visiting dignitaries. Later, it became the Presidential Residence of Atatürk in Istanbul.
Today, Dolmabahçe Palace has been completely restored and is a very popular museum. Join our guided tours to find out more interesting facts and see it for yourself!
An amazing skip-the-line guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace EXCLUDING the Harem.
Hours & Schedule
- From JAN 1 to JUL 31
- Every day at 15:30 PM ONLY except Mondays
- From 1 AUG - 31 Dec
- Mondays: NO TOURS
- Wednesday to Sundays: 13:30 AND 15:30
The approximate duration is 60 minutes
Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.
How To Get There?
Where to meet
Go through the security check and meet your guide at the clock tower in front of Dolmabahçe Palace.
Dolmabahçe Palace is very close to Kabataş tram station. Take the T1 tram to Kabataş or the funicular from Taksim metro station and get off at Kabataş station. From there, look around for the gas station. Cross the road in that direction and continue past the gas station for about 5 minutes.
- Skip-the-line is available only with a certificated tour guide.
- Access to the Harem is NOT included in your Istanbul Tourist Pass.
- The tour starts at the clock tower in front of Dolmabahçe Palace. Click on "Get Directions" above for the exact location.
- Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission at Dolmabahçe Palace UNLESS you choose to purchase a ticket to the Harem.
- Per museum's rules, for groups between 5-15 people visitors have to use Audio Guide provided by the museum.
- For groups more than 15 people, our guide will provide you headset during the tour.
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Dolmabahce Palace, which is the focal point of domestic and foreign tourists coming to Istanbul, is a place that everyone wants see. There are many things you can learn about the Dolmabahce Palace. You should first read the history of Dolmabahce Palace. Dolmabahce Palace is one of the flawless buildings of 19th-century architecture that attracts the attention of the entire world. If you want to know the history of Dolmabahce Palace, you may have a few questions to ask.
One of these, where is Dolmabahce Palace? Dolmabahce Palace is in the coastal area of Besiktas. It is in a bay where shipping activities were done in the past. The second question is, who built Dolmabahce Palace? It was built by I. Abdulmecit to Karabet Balyan. Karabet Balyan was an Armenian architect. If you ask when the Dolmabahce Palace was built, the construction lasted from 1842 to 1853. Dolmabahce Palace is a valuable building that has been home to different centuries reflecting Istanbul's history. The port of Besiktas, where the Ottoman ships were moored, was named ‘dolmabahce’. The palace culture, which was common in the Ottoman Empire, named the mansion built here “Besiktas Sahil Palace”. Afterwards, Dolmabahce Palace was built as one of the most magnificent palaces with an innovative structure. Dolmabahce Palace is a building that attracts attention with its magnificent location and views in the Bosphorus.
Who lived in Dolmabahce Palace?
Abdülmecit was the first to live in Dolmabahce Palace and also carried out his official work here. After Abdulmecit, his brother Abdülaziz lived in this palace. One of the reasons why Dolmabahce Palace is important for the Turkish nation is that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died here. It was also used as Ataturk's presidential residence in Istanbul. The buildings you will see inside Dolmabahce Palace are the Harem, Mabeyn, Clock Tower and Dolmabahce Mosque. The palace has 285 rooms and 46 lounges, 6 baths and 68 toilets, and the palace is built on an area of 110 thousand square meters.
Dolmabahce Clock Museum, Dolmabahce Palace Painting Museum
Dolmabahce Palace architecture enchants everyone who sees it. It can make you feel as if you lived in the past with its different sections and many rooms. One of the places you should see when you come to Dolmabahce Palace is Dolmabahce Clock Museum. In 2004, a museum with the National Palaces Clock Collection was opened in the building, specifically in the Harem garden. Dolmabahce Clock Museum is the only clock museum in Turkey. Besides Ottoman works, you can also see European works. The collection of 71 different clocks of 18th and 19th-century works attracts attention. Dolmabahce Palace Painting Museum, in the heir apartment, has pictures showing the stages of the Ottoman Empire. There are portraits of Sultan Abdulmecid and Sultan Abdulaziz at the entrance. It is possible to see the paintings of different civilizations, such as works from the Goupil Art Gallery in Paris, as well as works that symbolize westernization in the Ottoman Empire, as well as paintings from Istanbul. If you prefer tours to see these museums, look at things to do in Dolmabahce Palace prepared by istanbultouristpass.com.
How to visit Dolmabahce Palace?
You can reach Dolmabahce Palace from IETT buses or mini-busses from Besiktas. If you are coming from the Anatolian Side, you can easily reach Uskudar-Kabatas by Kadıkoy-Kabatas wharf. The Bagcilar-Kabatas Tramway Line also provides access to Dolmabahce Palace. Transportation can be provided through urban transportation. If you want to visit the Dolmabahce Palace with a tour, you can join the Dolmabahce Palace Tour by istanbultouristpass.com. Before visiting Dolmabahce Palace, we recommend that you check the opening hours. You can visit every day except Monday from 9.00 to 16.00. You can buy the Dolmabahce Palace ticket. Dolmabahce Palace entrance fee between 20-90 TL according to the package you choose.
Dolmabahce Palace Tour
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How long to visit Dolmabahce Palace? If you are wondering about this, it takes 1 hour and the Dolmabahce palace admission fee is 16.90 Euro. You should definitely see the various sections inside the Dolmabahce Palace. You can start with the Dolmabahce Palace Harem and see the blue hall and the pink hall. The rooms here are called the Hunkar office and the private office. The room where Ataturk passed away is the special room number 71. Atatürk's working room and bedroom have been preserved to this day. You may be interested in the wristwatch in the room. You should not leave Istanbul without seeing the palace where the memories of the Ottoman Sultans and the Republic period are remembered. In addition, the Dolmabahce Palace clock tower at the entrance to the palace and the Dolmabahce Mosque are among the attractions you can see on your preferred Dolmabahce Palace guided tours. You can get a lot of historical and architectural information from your guide.
You can spend full hours in Istanbul, if you are interested in history or architecture and you can gain a different perspective by visiting the Dolmabahce Palace. Since Dolmabahce Palace is the symbol of modernization in the Ottoman Empire, it is possible to see different architectural structures with it.
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If you are looking for different and unique museums, we can recommend two places: Madame Tussauds Istanbul and Miniaturk. At Madame Tussauds, you can see famous people but with a twist: They are made of wax! MiniaTurk is an interesting place, too. You can have a trip to interesting places and iconic locations all over Turkey but their size is tiny.