Dolmabahce Palace


Originally a bay that had served as a harbor for the Ottoman fleet, The Dolmabahce Palace is located on the seafront in Besiktas, Istanbul. With its 285 offices, 6 hamams, 46 halls and 68 bathrooms, it is among the biggest palaces in Istanbul.

The palace also houses many handcrafted silk carpets, crystals, expensive stones, and chandeliers. It has also been used as a presidential house by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic where he conducted some of his most important works such as the introduction of the new alphabet. If you are looking for things to do in Istanbul, this palace complex is a must visit site.


Travel Times: 08 KM – 20 Min by Private Transportation

Recommended Visit Hours: Early morning will be less crowded, 10:00 – 13:00

Recommended Span of Visit: 2 Hours – 3 Hours considering the size of the structure.

Tips and Things to Know Before You Visit: The palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, make sure to plan accordingly. You need to have a guide in order to have admission to the palace, therefore museum cards are not valid.