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Dolmabahçe Palace | Where is Dolmabahçe Palace?

Have you ever visited Dolmabahçe Palace, which is among the places to visit in Istanbul both in terms of history and architecture? If not, how about visiting it within an Istanbul Tour by using rent a car Istanbul options. The Dolmabahçe Palace / Where is Dolmabahçe Palace article was prepared for you by the Yolcu360 team.

Where is Dolmabahçe Palace?

Dolmabahçe Palace Address: Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş.

The palace in the middle of Dolmabahçe and Kabataş districts, is at the shores of the Istanbul Bosphorus. If you have not visited Dolmabahçe Palace before, which is flooded by local and foreign tourists frequently, than we definitely suggest you to see it by taking advantage of the rental car options. Especially if you want to spend a different and useful time doing an activity with your children on the weekend, we say you should head to this palace.

History of Dolmabahçe Palace

The palace which is among Istanbul’s main attractions, was built in the years 1843-1856. The palace built by Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I, stretches over an area of 110,000 square meters. The architects of the Baroque styled Dolmabahçe Palace, are Garabet Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan. This palace is historically significant because the fact that the palace was built at this point, signals a milestone. The palace is the symbol for the fact that the Ottomans moved away from the historical peninsula and their traditional lives, and moved closer to the people. We can say that the structure is the symbol of Ottoman modernization. With the construction of Dolmabahçe, Topkapı Palace lost its significance and was only used for accession ceremonies. Six sultans lived in the palace until 1924, namely until the abolition of the caliphate.

  • Sultan Abdülmecid
  • Sultan Abdulaziz
  • Murad V
  • Abdul Hamid II
  • Mehmed VI (Sultan Vahdettin)
  • Abdulmejid I

Later, the palace was used as the presidency during the period 1927-1938. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk worked here and passed away on November 10, 1938. The museum is open to visitors since 1984.  

 Dolmabahçe Palace Structure

Unless the Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe is not comprised of various parts and has just a few mansions and a big garden. The palace itself consists of three parts. These are as following;

  • Mabeyn-i Hümâyûn, or Selamlık, where state administration takes place
  • The Ceremonial Hall (Muayede Salonu), the residential area where the sultan and his family spend their private lives
  • (Harem-i Hümâyûn, the Harem) Where state ceremonies take place

You will see a chandelier which is impossible to go unnoticed when you enter the Selamlık wing. This chandelier has 60 arms in total. Again in this room you can see a Hereke carpet and elegant crystal staircase. This staircase is called the Sultanate staircase. The room where ambassadors are welcomed, called the Ambassador’s Hall (Süfera Salonu), is again the Selamlık wing of the palace. There are two more rooms in here. One of these rooms is the Zülvecheyn Hall. From here, you can go on to the Sultan’s Library, the music room and Mabeyn Sultan’s Hammam. The other room is the red room, also called the Harem Sultan’s room. The other part of the Dolmabahçe Palace is the Harem. The harem constitutes more than half of the palace. As you know, the Sultan’s mother, daughters and spouses lived here. You can visit their rooms in this part.

If you get to the Harem’s garden, you will see the Dolmabahçe Clock Museum. This is a rather nice part, we definitely suggest you to visit it because it has valuable pieces inside. Within the museum that displaces exemplars of the national palaces clock collection, there are highly valuable clocks with fine craftsmanship of French, English and Ottoman Mevlevi clock masters. The next part is the ceremonial hall. This is not only Istanbul’s or Turkey’s, but also the whole world’s biggest throne hall. One of the palace’s most magnificent styled areas is Atatürk’s room. This is the room of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who passed away at Dolmabahçe Palace on November 10, 1938 at 09.05 a.m. Atatürk’s bed is displayed covered with the Turkish flag in the room. Again, in this part you can see the bathroom of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

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Dolmabahçe Palace Entrance Fee and Visiting Hours

Dolmabahçe Palace can be visited every day between 09:00-16:30 except for Monday. Moreover, with museum pass Dolmabahçe Palace can be visited. However, the Harem part cannot be entered with museum pass.

Dolmabahçe Palace Entrance Fees  
Selamlık Adult ₺90,00
Selamlık Discount ₺46,00
Harem Adult ₺60,00
Harem Discount ₺30,00

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