Dolmabahce Palace was built in between 1943-1956 and served as the administrative center of Ottoman Empire till 1922. Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid gave order to built this modern and european Palace on the Bosphorus and liked to move from Topkapi Palace to modern Dolmabahce Palace. The Architects were Karabet Balian and his son Nikogos Balian. The Palace was built with Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and modern Ottoman style.
What can you see in Dolmabahce Palace?
•Handmade parquet floors in the Dining Hall.
•4.5 tonne chandelier, in the Ceremonial Hall which was a present from Queen Victoria, and is the world’s largest Bohemian Crystal Chandelier.
•In 2014, the National Palaces Painting Museum(opened in an annexe of the palace, containing 202 fine examples of late 19th and early 20th century paintings).
•Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Room(the founder of Turkish Republic).
Blue hall is known as the Ceremonial Hall. It was a place that Sultan met the public and situated in the center of the Sultan’s Harem. It is named as Blue Hall. Because there are blue colors ornaments, decorations and marbles within this part.
THE PINK HALL
The Pink Hall is also known as’’ Valide Sultan Divanhanesi” in Turkish. Sultana and other noble Women welcomed special guest in this hall. The carpet named Hereke covers the large size of the hall.
RED ROOM (THE MAIN ROOM)
This room takes its name from the intense red color decorations, designs and ornaments. Its walls are covered with the fabric and its ceiling is designed dome-shaped. You can see Gold leaf doors and red crystal chandeliers in this room.
Sufera Hall(Ambassador Hall) is one of the most luxurious place in the Palace. It has a splendid decoration and has symmetrical decoration as well. Especially the foreign guests were welcomed in this hall.
Zulvecheyn Hall means two sided to establish connection between interior and exterior departments. It was a place where was made preaching ceremony, wedding ceremony, another rituals and important events.
The library of Dolmabahce Palace includes many different books belonging to the Ottoman period, Ataturk (the first president of the republic of Turkey) and Inönü (the second president) time. This Library was built by Sultan Abdulmecid II during the Ottoman Period.
Interesting Information about Dolmabahce Palace!
The women of the Harem used to watch the Grand Ceremonies in the hall through the grilles.
The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died in Dolmabahce Palace and the clock remains set to the time he died, 9:05am on November 10, 1938.
The construction Palace costs about $1.5 billion in 2018 values.
It is closed on Monday and Thursday. If you want to visit only Selamlık, it will cost you 40 TL. But if you want to visit all Palace, it will cost you 60 TL.
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm
What else can you see nearby during your visit to Dolmabahce Palace?
It is called as Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque and located near by Dolmabahce Palace. The mosque was built with the order of Bezmialem Valide Sultan in 1852 who was the mother of Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid I and finished in 1855.
The mosque is built with mix of Baroque and Ottoman Empire architectural styles.
Circular window design was used for the first time in Ottoman architecture at the Dolmabahçe Mosque.
The Dolmabahce Clock Tower
It is located in the middle of Dolmabahçe Palace and Dolmabahce Mosque (Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan Mosque). It was built with the order of Abdülhamid II in 1890 and finished in 1895.
The Palace Collections Museum
Istanbul Naval Museum