Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid, built the Dolmabahce Palace between 1843 and 1856. The palace is an excellent example of Byzantine-Ottoman architecture, blending several Western styles. Topkapi Palace, on the other hand, has long been their most significant residence – until Dolmabahce Palace was built.

The Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul has 285 rooms, 43 halls, a 600-meter long quay along the sea, and massive gates. The entrance hall of the palace was used for royal receptions and conferences, while the sultans kept their harem behind it.

The palace has stayed intact with its original decorations, furniture, and silk carpets. Paintings by renowned artists from the period cover the walls and ceilings. Over 40 tons of gold have been used to decorate the place. All pieces of furniture in important areas are made out of a single hue of color. The unique designs on the hardwood floors in each room are complemented by Hereke carpets – some of Turkey’s greatest examples of artistry.

The ballroom which is the world’s largest ballroom and has a 4.5-ton crystal chandelier and 36 meter-high domed ceilings, is utilized for crucial political gatherings, parties, and balls. The hall was formerly warmed by an oven-like system under the floor.

During Atatürk’s reign, this palace was frequently used by him when he visited Istanbul. He died here in 1938, and before his remains were taken to Ankara, they were exhibited for the citizens of Istanbul.

The entrance fee Dolmabahce Palace is changing on which parts you would like to visit. If you would like to visit the Selamlik part (main sections), the entrance for Selamlik is 120 Turkish Lira per person. If you would like to visit the Harem Section, the rate is 90 Turkish Lira per person. If you would like to visit both, the entrance fee is 150 Turkish Lira per person. If you wish to visit the art museum there as well, the total rate will be 200 Turkish Lira per person.

There is so much to discover that it’s impossible to grasp everything in a single visit, but it’s well worth the time. In any case, you may enjoy yourself in the gardens while you are looking for the beautiful view of Istanbul and the sea.