- Castles/Palaces, Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Sitting along the Bosphorus near the Kabatas tram stop and the Besiktas ferry port, 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 showcase a mix of European and Arab designs that can only be found at this global crossroad.
Past travelers were wowed by the palace's extravagant interior, although some wished photography was permitted and felt tours were rushed and lacked information. Several visitors also reported long ticket lines, and the property's website cautions that the ticket office closes early once all passes have been distributed for the day, so plan on arriving early.
Dolmabahçe Palace welcomes travelers every day except Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Standard tickets (which include a tour and access to all areas of the palace except the harem, or former sultans' sleeping quarters) cost 30 Turkish lira (approximately $8.50); separate passes for the harem are 20 Turkish lira (or $5.50) per person, while a combined ticket is available for 40 Turkish lira ($11). On-site facilities include multiple museums (including one with clocks and another with 5,000 works of art), a gift shop, restrooms and a cafe. The property is located in Besiktas, about a mile northeast of Taksim Square.
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