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Dolmabahce Palace

93
TripExpert Score based on reviews in 7 publications
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Badge 93

Outstanding

say expert reviewers

Top 1% in Istanbul About the TripExpert Score

7 expert recommendations

55

Afar Magazine

The Dolmabahçe (“dol-ma-bah-chey”) Palace is European through and through. Full review →

14

Concierge

Often overlooked by visitors, this is one of Istanbul's most lavish and extravagant attractions.

6

Fodor's Tick Choice

The name Dolmabahçe means "filled-in garden," from the fact that Sultan Ahmet I (ruled 1603–17) had an imperial garden planted here on land reclaimed from the sea. Full review →

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Frommer's 35

The extravagant collection of objets d'art represents just a small percentage of items presented to the occupants of the palace over the years. Full review →

58

Let's Go

Leading the old, broke, “sick man of Europe” in the latter half of the 1800s, Sultan Abdülmecid I tried to save face and commissioned the building of Dolmabahçe Palace in 1856 to replace... Full review →

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Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

These days it’s fashionable for architects and critics influenced by the less-is-more aesthetic of the Bauhaus masters to sneer at buildings such as Dolmabahçe. Full review →

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Michelin Guide 54

Generously deployed pomp and riches... provide a certain cohesion, in which it's possible to conjure up the decadent life of a sultan. Full review →

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