All you need to know about Dolmabahce Palace

All you need to know about Dolmabahce Palace

Turkey has many tourist attractions, Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahçe Sarayı) is one of the best places in Istanbul.

It is the largest palace that is located in the most beautiful part of the Bosphorus-Istanbul. 

Although it was built many years ago, the stunning appearance of Dolmabahce Palace is still impressive.

If you live in Istanbul or if you are planning to visit the city as a tourist, we suggest that Dolmabahce Palace is a must-visit.

Everything will be clear once you read the story about Dolmabahce Palace which occupies a special place in all Turkish hearts.

The Palace was built by Abdulmecid I, and it was built between 1842-1853. It was used by Abdulmecid I to live on official occasions.

It has a very important place for the Turkish nation, as it was built during the Ottoman era.

Later, it became the presidential palace and was also the place where Ataturk died on November 10, 1938.

There are 285 rooms and 43 halls as well as two unusual gates in the palace, all arranged perfectly.

The glass palace (Camlı Köşk) in the palace was the only place where the Sultan watched his followers and the armies. 

Camlı Köşk was the eye to watch the outside world, there is also a ceremonial hall in the center of the coastal palace.

You can see European and Turkish artifacts in the palace. The palace is filled also with fireplaces, candle holders and chandeliers. 

There is a magnificent crystal chandelier 36 meters high in the ballroom with a weight of 4.5 tons.

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Is Dolmabahce Palace worth seeing?

All you need to know about Dolmabahce Palace
All you need to know about Dolmabahce Palace

The palace extends for a distance of 600 meters along the European shore of the Bosphorus.

You can see its amazing white facade from the ferries, and when you see it from the sea, it gives you a better idea of its size and position.

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Historical and attractive places in Dolmabahce Palace

Historical and attractive places in Dolmabahce Palace
Historical and attractive places in Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Mosque

It was built by Nikogos Balian in 1853, and you may prefer to visit the mosque before entering the gate.

Balian finished the Clock Tower a year later in 1854, which is located a few meters away.

Dolmabahce Palace Clock tower

The tower was added to the palace 40 years after it was built in 1890 by Sultan Abdul Hamid II. 

It is 27 meters high and consists of four floors. The tower was built by the well-known French watchmaker Paul Garnier.

Gates: The palace has two entrances with ornate gates, the first was the treasury gate, which is today the entrance gate for visitors, and the second is the imperial gate.

Dolmabahce Palace Waterfront

This marble facade is 284 meters, and the ceremonial hall remains in the center with harem to its right and occasions rooms (salamlik) to its left.

Dolmabahce Palace garden

Before entering Dolmabahce Palace, you can enjoy a walk in the parks of the Ottoman Empire with all kinds of flowers, green grass and trees.

There are 16 suites and a huge palace inside this garden. These places belong to the imperial gardens since 1614 in Sultan Ahmed period.

You can find a Cafe as well, but it is usually filled with tourists who came from around the world to visit this Palace.

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How to reach Dolmabahce Palace location?

How to reach Dolmabahce Palace
How to reach Dolmabahce Palace

The palace is open daily from 9:00 to 16:00 except on Mondays, and you can reach the Palace using the following transportation:

  • Tram

Dolmabahce Palace is located near Kabatas station on Bagcilar-Kabatas tram line, it’s just a minute walk from the station and through this tram you can come from Sultanahmet, Eminonu, Sirkeci, Grand Bazaar, etc.

  • Ferry

From Uskudar or Kadikoy on the Asian side, you can take ferries to cross the Bosphorus and reach Besiktas or Ortakoy and the pier is only a 3-minute walk from Dolmabahce.

  • Bus

There is a bus stop (Kabatas) a minute’s walk from Dolmabahce and you can use buses 27E, 29C, 29D, 41E to come from Sariyer, Maslak or Levent.

  • Metro

There is no metro near Dolmabahce Palace, but Taksim metro station is not far. Usually from Taksim Square to the Palace, it will take 15 minutes.

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