- Type: Castles/Palaces, Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Sitting along the Bosphorus near the Kabatas tram stop, the Dolmabahçe Palace's jaw-dropping beauty and historical importance impresses visitors. Built in the 19th century, the palace was used by the final Ottoman sultans as their primary residence and administrative seat. The interior and exterior architecture illustrate the merge of both European and Arab designs that can only be found at this global crossroad.
But, while the structure is inspiring, the experience visiting it leaves something to be desired. One TripAdvisor expresses the opinion of many, saying, "Unfortunately, you can only visit the Palace with a tour guide, which means it is the luck of the draw as to how informative your guide will be and how fast the tour will go." Many recent visitors complain of very long lines before very rushed tours.
The Dolmabahçe Palace welcomes visitors every day except Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, look on the palace's website.