Dolmabahçe Palace, which is close to Beşiktaş and Kabataş, is among the museums that must be visited in Istanbul in terms of its unique architectural and cultural importance. In addition to its historical importance, magnificent architecture, Dolmabahçe Palace houses valuable items in its rooms and halls, innovative crystal artifacts, carpets, tile stoves and more. The Dolmabahçe Palace is a witness of a cultural turning, also a vast accumulation of the life and traditions of the period.
Dolmabahçe Palace, located on the shore of the Bosphorus, was built between 1843 and 1856 by the order of Sultan Abdülmecid. The architecture of the palace was undertaken by Garabet Balyan and his son Nikoğos.
The interior decoration of the palace is quite eye-catching as well as the exterior architecture. It is possible to examine the rooms, curtains, carpets and paintings that provide this magnificence while visiting the rooms of the building, which has the largest palace ballroom in the world, through guided tours.
When the Dolmabahçe Palace was completed, it was moved to Topkapı Palace, which is thought to be inadequate, and was used as the administrative center of the Ottoman State until 1924.
How to go to Dolmabahçe Palace?
Dolmabahçe Palace is between Kabataş and Beşiktaş. You can use the ferries coming to Beşiktaş or Kabataş to reach Saray from the Anatolian Side. Visitors who want to reach the museum from the European side; Using the T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar Tram Line, they can reach the museum after a 7-8 minute walk from Kabataş stop.
Dolmabahçe Palace Entrance Fee
Especially for those who want to visit the Selamlık section of Dolmabahçe Palace, where there is great interest on November 10, the full fee is determined as 80 Turkish Liras with a discount.
Along with the Selamlık section of the palace, the prices such as Harem, Glass Pavilion and the Clock Museum are set as 60 TL and the full fee is 30 TL.
Dolmabahçe Palace Visiting Days and Hours
You can visit Dolmabahçe Palace, which is one of the most important structures remaining from the last period of the Ottoman Empire, between 09.00-16.30 every day of the week except Mondays and Thursdays. It is not allowed to take images with a photo or camera during the visit. You can also use the free audio guide during your visit.
Dolmabahçe Palace Gardens
Dolmabahçe Palace gardens consist of 4 large sections: Hasbahçe (Selamlık), Kuşluk, Harem and Crown Garden. These gardens are positioned and classified according to the function of the structures around them. For the arrangement of the gardens, rare plants belonging to regions from Asia, Europe and America were selected and it was aimed to create a magnificent collection in the garden arrangement.
Located between the Treasury Gate and the Palace entrance gate, Hasbahçe is the largest garden of the palace. This garden, which is in the form of a rectangular square, is also called Mabeyn Garden and Selamlık Garden. There is a pool in the middle and two oval walking paths around the pool. The elegant swan-shaped fountain in the middle of the pool was brought from Yıldız Palace.
The gardens of Dolmabahçe Palace, which can be seen by the sea, are the continuation of Hasbahçe and they stretch along the beach.
The Kuşluk Garden, located between Hasbahçe and Harem Garden, is located on the façade facing the land side of the magnificent Examination Hall. Separated from two gardens next to the high walls, Kuşluk Garden receives plenty of shade due to these walls. It has a quiet garden and has a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Other factors that create this peaceful atmosphere are the presence of magnolia, linden and horse chestnut trees. Providing a calm shade to the entrance of the Garden’s Glassed Pavilion, the Pavlonia tree is one of the early examples found in Istanbul at that time.
This garden is located on the façade of the L-shaped buildings that form the Harem section of the palace, facing the land. In the passage between the Kuşluk Garden, the oldest tree in the palace is Sekoya. This garden gives the impression of a courtyard mostly due to the form of the building. There is an oval pool in the middle part and its surroundings are arranged on the basis of the geometric shape that reflects the European style.
The Crown Chamber, which is connected with the Harem Garden, and the gardens of other buildings around it are the fourth largest garden section of the palace. There are also Movement Kiosks and greenhouses around this garden.
Dolmabahçe Palace Departments
The main building of Dolmabahçe, which is taken as an example for the great palaces of Europe in its design, consists of Selamlık (Mâbeyn-i Hümayun), Ceremony Hall (Muâyede Hall) and Harem-i Hümayun.
It is the department where the administrative affairs of the period are carried out. In this section, the Medhal Hall (Entrance), 60-arm English chandelier and magnificent Hereke carpet, the supreme floor and the magnificent staircase called the Sultanate staircase, the Sufara Hall where the ambassadors are hosted, the Red Room where the Sultan came before, and the Zülvecheyn Hall on the top floor, among the places to see and works.
The room where Atatürk closed his eyes to life
Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed away at Dolmabahçe Palace on November 10, 1938 at 09.05. In the room where Atatürk closed his eyes, Atatürk’s bed was covered with a Turkish flag, and the clocks in the palace were stopped forever at the time of Atatürk’s death. At the end of the corridor here, there is also a bathroom used by Atatürk and a closet with medicines.
Examination (Ceremony) Hall
The Inspection Hall, a domed hall supported by columns and where the Sultan and his family live their private lives, is a place where visitors will be amazed. This place is considered the largest Throne Room in the world. The Examination Hall was used for all important ceremonies and celebrations during its period.
In the Harem section, there are various salons, flats allocated to the Sultan and the Valide Sultan, and the wives of the Sultans, the princes until the age of a certain age, and the flats where the women, together with their daughters, have beds, working, resting and living rooms until the age of marriage.