Dolmabahçe Palace is a palace located on the European coast of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. The palace was opened in 1856 having been built to the designs of architect Garabet Balyan. The palace served as the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887 and 1909 to 1922. The palace is where the first president of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died. The palace is grand with many impressive halls in its interior. Its exterior is a fine example of Ottoman architecture.
The palace is situated in the Besiktas area of Istanbul. You can get there by taking a ferry from most ports in Istanbul. The TB1 and TB2 buses also stop outside of the palace.
Opening Times and Admission
The palace is open to visitors six days of the week, Tuesday to Sunday 9am-4pm with Mondays being the weekly day of closure. A tour of the palace will set you back 40TL.