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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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  • It is on the banks of the Bosphore, away from the traditional tourist areas that are Sultanahmet and Taksim But it is worth taking a taxi and getting to it. It should be noted that it is extensive so you have to invest 2 to 3 hours. The party room is certainly one of the most striking architectural works than the most recent centuries of Istanbul, the period when the sultans wanted to avoid a little European lifestyle
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  • Beautiful palace, huge and delicately decorated is worth visiting even if you can not take photos of its interior.
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  • Amazing palace! One of the most beautiful palaces I've ever visited. The place is so rich and has so many rooms and expensive things that will make you wonder how people could live in all that luxury while the general population suffered.
  • Lovely palace with all the history involved. I do wish we got a chance to take pictures inside. Besides that a really wonderful place to visit when in Turkey. Also I would recommend buying the ticket for all areas to truly enjoy your visit
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