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Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

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Be transported to the luxury of the Ottoman Empire as you walk through the lush halls and gardens of Dolmabahce Palace. This palace is the largest in Turkey with 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths, and 68 toilets. It was also the administrative center for the Ottoman Empire for over 50 years and is quite highly regarded among the Turks. As you walk through the palace, notice the influence of Arabic and Persian culture, which predated the Ottoman Empire. Currently, the palace is divided into public and private areas for tourists and the Sultan, respectively. Between the two is the Ceremonial Hall with a 36 m (118 ft) high dome and a 750-lamp chandelier gifted by Queen Victoria. Keep in mind that you cannot see the whole palace; some areas are off limits. Plan to visit Dolmabahce Palace during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Last Palace of the Ottoman Empire where they lived the last 6 sultans and then the founder of the Turkish Republic, Atatürk. The palace is beautiful and richly decorated with huge halls, highlighting the main hall with a huge vaulted is a chandelier that claim to be the largest in the world!
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  • Loved this Ottoman palace filled with beautiful artworks and evidence of Ottoman life. Well worth visiting.  more »
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  • A beautiful palace with gorgeous gardens. Worth a visit if in Istanbul. You are able to get a ticket to the Whole Palace or separately to the State Rooms or Harem (the residence). We did the whole palace but feel that the State Rooms were more than enough to provide an insight into the lavish lifestyle of the last Sultans.
  • Great place. I read its more worth to visit rather than Topkapi and did so. Fortunately, in weekday were not so much tourists, so sometimes you can be even alone in the rooms. The ceremonial hole - is outstanding. Have at least 2.5 hours to make a proper visit
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