"Versailles on the Bosphorus" Dolmabahce Palace Tip by terrycowan

Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul: 102 reviews and 242 photos

Dolmabahce Palace--wow! I've seen a lot of palaces in my day, but this is really over-the-top. I've read that the building of this baroque pile literally backrupted the Ottoman Empire in the mid 1800s. It is easy to see how. The sultan wanted a European-style palace to replace Topkapi and had this magnificent structure built right on the edge of the Bosphorus. The throne room and chandeliers are particularly impressive. The sultans' bathrooms are intriguing, as is the harem. Our guide, Hakan, gave us a running commentary--the "real" story, if you will--to counteract the rather dull commentary of the official guides. For example, we learned how one of the sultans really died in his bathroom, and hitherto unknown facts about eunuchs! Anyway, you won't regret visiting Dolmabahce Palace. Unfortunately, no pictures allowed inside, or at least you have to pay extra to take pictures inside. Also, go early as it gets too crowded later in the day.

Address: Visnezade Mh., Beskitas district
Phone: +90 212 236 9000
Website: http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2005
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