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Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey

From series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Year: 1853.

Dolmabahce Palace is situated in a very beautiful place, on the shore of Bosporus. In 1853 this palace was built for Abdülmecid I. The last was inspired by the Topkapi Palace and ordered to build his own residence in the baroque style. Originally, this palace had not only the wonderful façade decoration but also a great inner decoration. For interior decoration was spend about 14 tons of gold. The main staircase of the palace is made from the crystal glass.

Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey When the palace was finished, Queen Victoria presented a crystal chandelier made from bohemia glass. Until nowadays it is the main decoration of the residence. This palace has a unique collection of paintings that were made especially for the Sultan by a famous Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky. At first, the palace was quite small but for the last 100 years it has become wider. Now it is 45 000 square meters.

Nowadays the wonderful Baroque palace is used as a museum. Visitors can see there a lot of marvellous elements of decoration and old pieces of art. Dolmabahce Palace is a very popular sightseeing in Istanbul. Tourists like to take a lot of pictures of it, not only from the ground but also from the water during a boat trip. Since 2007, this palace is an official residence of the Turkish prime minister. That’s why a great part of rooms is closed for tourists. Near the Dolmabahce Palace, you can find the so-named mosque, which is also very interesting to visit. Next - Karlskirche


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ATM bankomat: 'TEB' located in 0.04 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Suba Line Tourism' is located in 0.34 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Metro' in 0.32 km
Supermarket: 'şok market' in 0.04 km
Parking: 'İspark' in 0.19 km
Apotheek: 'Damla Pharmacy' in 0.05 km
Police station: 'Karaköy Polis Merkez' in 0.47 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'EcoistHan' in 0.02 km
Railway station: 'Marmaray Sirkeci İstasyonu' in 1.17 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ataturk Airport IST - in 14 km
 »  Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW - in 31 km
 »  Corlu Airport TEQ - in 89 km
 »  Topel Airport QST - in 98 km
 »  Burgas Airport BOJ - in 209 km
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Best hotels near Dolmabahce Palace

Hotel Villa Zurich

Located in 0 km from Dolmabahce Palace
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Rooms: 41
The guest rooms at Villa Zurich Hotel combine elegant velvet details and dark chocolate shades. They feature private bathrooms with tub and some … More: photo, rates and booking
Zambak Apart

Located in 1 km from Dolmabahce Palace
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Rooms: 8
Featuring parquet floors, the rooms of Zambak Apart include a flat-screen TV. The kitchenette come equipped with kitchenware. Each room has a private … More: photo, rates and booking
Zeugma Hotel

Located in 2 km from Dolmabahce Palace
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Rooms: 10
All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each room has a private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Some rooms have a balcony … More: photo, rates and booking
Yad Hotel

Located in 3 km from Dolmabahce Palace
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Rooms: 16
All rooms at Hotel Yad include air conditioning and flat-screen TV. The private bathroom features a shower, slippers and free toiletries. A 24-hour … More: photo, rates and booking

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Sultanahmet Camii
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The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, commonly known as The Blue Mosque, is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I and since that time it is the main mosque of the city. It has not only a magnificent decoration but also other …
Eyup Sultan Camii
4 km - Eyup Sultan Camii
Eyup Sultan Camii is one of the main scarify places for Muslim people. It was built by the order of Mehmed the Conqueror. The mosque was named in honour of Eyup al-Ansari, the standard-bearer and friend of the prophet Muhammad. In 674 during the nest Standoff of …
Bosphorus bridge
5 km - Bosphorus bridge
The Bosporus Bridge, located in Istanbul, is a unique architectural project. Originally, the bridge was intended not only for road traffic, but also for pedestrians. Later the citizens were closed. Too many people chose the Bosporus Bridge as a place for suicide. In …
Bosporus Waterfront
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Top destination around Dolmabahce Palace - Istanbul


Residents of Istanbul have several distinct national characteristics. In Istanbul, as well as in any city in the country, the natives have great respect for religious customs and traditions. Women wear closed clothes, the same applies to visitors – people in open clothing may be denied to enter many mosques and public institutions.

Istanbul residents value their homes, so they always remove their shoes when they enter a house. This rule applies to mosques, which are also considered the house for everyone. Food is one of the most important aspects of life. The Turks can talk and argue on this topic endlessly. But when it comes to alcoholic beverages, the locals are more than careful - alcohol is banned by their religion. Tourists should also not walk on the streets of the city with a bottle of beer in their hands as this can offend residents and cause a lot of discontent.

Colorful markets are a striking national feature of Istanbul. People come here not only for shopping, but also for socializing. Bargaining is normal and even recommended in local shops and bazaars. As a rule, it helps reducing the item’s price by 2 - 3 times. Each year residents of Istanbul celebrate numerous national holidays, each of which has interesting customs and traditions.
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