The Dolmabahce Palace (Ottoman architecture) is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world, situated on the European side of the Istanbul, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a twenty-year interval (1889-1909) in which the Yıldız Palace was used. It is one of the most important historic places in Istanbul that must be seen.
The palace is consisted three main sections that they are administrative apartments (Turkish: Selamlik or Mabeyn-i Hümayun), Ceremonial Hall (Turkish: Muayede Salonu), and Imperial Harem (Turkish: Harem-i Hümayun). Also there are several other small buildings such as imperial kitchens, Crown Prince rooms (Turkish: Veliaht Dairesi), barracks, pharmacy, flour mill, stables, aviary (Turkish: Kusluk), glass manufactory, foundry, plant house (Turkish: Fidelik), greenhouse, carpet workshop, clock tower (outside of the palace), etc..
Admission to Dolmabahce Palace is charged in Turkish Lira. You’re not allowed to take any photo or camera inside the palace. The visit is based on a guided tour usually every 15 minutes.
Ticket : 20 TRY (around $13 / GBP 8 ) (28.02.2011)
Visit Days: All days (except for Monday and Thursday) between 09:00 – 16:00 .
Dolmabahce means: “Filled up Garden”.
Address: Dolmabahce – Besiktas, Istanbul
Phone: +90 212 2369000
Fax: +90 212 2593292
Web Site: www.dolmabahce.gov.tr
Dolmabahçe Palace Plan