Dolmabahce Palace

The Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in Istanbul.

The area where the palace was built used to be a bay where the Ottoman fleet would dock. In the 17th century the bay was filled and it was turned into a royal garden for the sultans. Therefore the area was called Dolmabahce, that means filled garden.

In the mid 18th century influenced by the contemporary western art movements the sultans built small western looking pavilions in the area.

The main palace where the sultans and the royal families used to live was the Topkapi Palace. But the palace was old and lack of luxury, comfort etc. Hence starting from the 18th century various western palaces were built around the city.

Dolmabahce Palace was built during the reign of Sultan Abdulmecid I. The construction started in 1843 and was completed in 1856. The Sultan hired Garabet Balyan and his son as the main architects.

Dolmabahce Palace has 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths and 68 toilets. It’s total area is 45ooo m2.

The palace has eclectic elements from Rokoko, Baroque, Neoclassic and Ottoman Art. With this mixture the influence of the western art can be be seen in the Ottoman Art.

Among the beautiful halls and rooms the most impressive hall is the Grand Ceremonial Hall. With its 56 columns and massive crystal chandelier it has its own impressive look. The massive chandelier is about 4,5 tons and has 750 light bulbs on it.

The last 6 sultans lived in the palace. After the foundation of modern Turkish Republic in 1923, the palace was used by the parliament for important meetings. Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic lived and died at the Dolmabahce Palace.

The palace is now a museum that attracts its visitors with its history and beauty. Please contact us if you wish to include the Dolmabahce Palace into your itinerary. Our professional tour guides would be more than glad to assist you through your visits.