Dolmabahçe Palace

Istanbul situated on seven hills is a city of palaces as well. Dolmabahce Palace is the most western and the newest of all.


Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most fascinating palaces in the world. It was built in the 19th century. The construction of the palace was during the period in which westernization had entered a new phase when Sultan Abdulmecid came to the throne in 1839. The palace was built by Abdulmecid between 1850 and 1856 and was situated in an area of 110 thousand square meters.

As you wander the palace, you will feel the magnificence of the empire. And you will recognize that it consists of three main structures named Selâmlık, Muayede Saloon and Harem.

A perfect palace

The most important architects of the period, Karabet and Nikoğos Balyan designed the plans for the palace. “Luxurious Technologies” such as central heating installment, electricity, and telephone were included in the design.

Dolmabahçe Palace, with these appointments, became one of the most western and modern buildings of that period. In the palace, there is 45 thousand square meters of usable floor area; there are 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 Turkish baths and 68 toilets and carpets covering a floor of 4,454 square meters.

The most splendid part of the palace is the Mabeyn, where the sultans carried out state issues. At the entrance, the Medhal Salon welcomes visitors, Kristal Merdiven (Crystal Stairs) provides as a connection to the upper floor, and Süfera Salon is where ambassadors were entertained. They were then admitted to the sultan in the Kırmızı Oda (Red Room).

They all emphasize the magnificence of the Ottoman Empire. Zülvecheyn Saloon on the upper floor has a passage to a special room of the sultan in the Mabeyn. In this special room, there is a splendid Turkish bath for the sultan, the marbles of which were brought from Egypt, and a study room and saloons.

The most splendid place of the palace…

In the Muayede Saloon, between the harem and Mabeyn, there is most splendid place with the highest ceiling in the Dolmabahçe Palace. The Reception Hall has the highest ceiling of the whole palace and is the most impressive. It has a total area that exceeds 2000 m2 and features 56 columns. The dome’s height reaches 36 m, and attached to this dome is a British-made chandelier weighing 4.5 tons.

On the traditional greeting days in religious feasts, the golden throne in Topkapı Palace was brought there and situated for the sultan to admit state officers for greetings.

Of all the interesting buildings of the 19th century, the Dolmabahçe Palace is perhaps the leading one. This colossal sample of the aesthetic approaches of European architecture that prevailed in that period also presents many characteristics of the Ottoman tradition of palace architecture. Despite the Western influence on its details, in terms of both its layout, and the relations of rooms and halls, the palace was designed and built as a structure where the traditional Turkish home was reproduced in huge dimensions.

Dolmabahçe and Mustafa Kemal...

Dolmabahçe Palace has great significance for the Turkish people… Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the supreme leader, had used the palace as a residence and eventually passed away there. This is why visitors wander the palace with a special “sense of respect”. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had initiated the process to make Dolmabahçe Palace into a museum.

Please do not miss out on seeing Dolmabahçe if you come Istanbul, the city of palaces. After your feel the breezes in the halls of the palace, it will be a great pleasure for you to rest in a garden cafe and have a cup of tea, gazing at the amazing Bosphorus scene.

Except for Mondays and Thursdays, you can visit the palace everyday of the week from 09.00 to 16.00. Entrance fee for the tourists is 20tl, for Turkish citizens 10tl Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and other days it is 20tl. For students single section is 75 kr, two sections 1.5tl.

Address: Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş
Ph: + 90 212 236 90 00

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