"Dolmabahce Palace" Dolmabahce Palace Tip by Birsen
Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul: 102 reviews and 242 photos
This beautiful Ottoman Palace, magnificently situated at the European side of the Bosphorus strait, was built by the son of Mahmut II, Sultan Abdulmecit 1839-1861, who ascended the throne at the age 16. His decision to have a new fashionable residence similar to European palaces started the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace in 1843.
After the demolition of the former palace in wood, the work for the new palace started under architects Garabet and Nikogos Balyan, members of the famous Balyan family which gave nine reputed architect to the Ottoman Empire for nearly a century. Serving under the six sultans, they were responsible for the westernization of the city's architecture. The construction of the palace which covers an area of 250.000 square meters, took about 13 years and finished in 1855. Abdulmecit, the first occupant of the palace, lived there 15 years. Since some of the Sultans didn't show too much interest to Dolmabahce palace, it stayed empty most of its time.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, died in this palace on the 10th of November, 1938.
Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 9am-4pm
Admission and guided tour to the Sel‚mlik (Sultan's Quarters) $7, admission and guided tour to the Harem $6, combined ticket $10, camera fee $9, video camera $13
Address: Visnezade Mh., Beskitas district
Directions: Dolmabahce is located between Kabatas and Besiktas
Phone: +90 212 236 9000
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