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Dolmabahçe Palace Museum

Since 1843

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Iconic symbol of westernization

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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00
TThursday
09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00

When the area where Dolmabahçe Palace is located was a small bay, it was filled and wooden kiosks were made by various sultans in the first half of the 17th century. These kiosks were demolished and rebuilt many times; Dolmabahçe became a private garden of the sultans for purpose of entertainment and recreation.  Abdulmecit demolished the old palace to build a new palace. Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Garabet Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan in years between 1843 and 1856.

Palace was built with “L” shape plan; longer part is parallel to the Bosphorus, and shorter part extends to landward. Front side is surrounded with a waterfront in the coast of the Bosphorus, and land side is covered with high courtyard walls.

The construction of the palace is mixture of Ottoman culture and art values with neo-classical, baroque and empire styles. The palace accommodated many famous guests including Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who lived last period of his illness in a room overlooking the sea, and lost his life in November 10, 1938.

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Dolmabahce Palace, Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

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