Completed in 1856, Dolmabahce Palace was built on the orders of the 31st Sultan to rule over the Ottoman Empire at a time when the surrounding banks of the Bosphorus were being planted as ornate imperial gardens for the Sultan's pleasure.
Costing more than 35 tonnes of gold to construct, Dolmabahce Palace was one of the grandest palaces of its time and remains an awe-inspiring attraction. The world's largest crystal chandelier - a gift from Queen Victoria - hangs at Dolmabahce Palace, and is one of the many treasures to be found inside this grand residence.
What to see at Dolmabahce Palace:
• The world's largest crystal chandelier - a gift from Queen Victoria
• 150-year-old bearskin rugs- a gift from the Tsar of Russia
• The palace's famous Crystal Staircase - a sweeping double horseshoe staircase made of crystal and mahogany
• The Ceremonial Hall
• The grand 'Gate of the Sultan'
Visiting Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace is open to visitors between 9:30am and 3:30pm every day, except Mondays & Thursdays. Only a limited number of tickets are issued to visitors every day so it's recommended that you buy your tickets early on the day you are going to visit to avoid disappointment.
Getting to Dolmabahce Palace
Like Dolmabahce Palace, the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul is centrally located on the European bank of the Bosphorus. We're just a 5 minute drive from the palace - and little over 15 minutes' to other must-see sights including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.