The banks of the Bosphorus Strait is home to the awe-inducing Dolmabahce Palace. Completed in 1856, the palace was built on the orders of Abdülmecid I, the 31st Sultan to rule over the Ottoman Empire. At the time of construction it cost more than 35 tons of gold, the equivalent of around $1.5 billion in today’s values, to build and is the largest palace in Turkey. The design contains elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture. Today, Dolmabahce Palace stands as an impressive icon on Istanbul’s skyline, allowing you to peer into the glory days of the Ottoman Empire’s luxurious ruling family.
Influenced by European monarchsDolmabahce Palace is open for visitors five days a week from 9 am to 3 pm but closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Only a limited number of tickets are issued so it is recommended that you buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. When entering the palace, you may recognize elements from other European palaces. Abdülmecid I decided that his former home of Topkapı Palace was lacking in contemporary style, luxury and comfort, and had Dolmabahce Palace built as a replacement. Since its establishment it was home to six Sultans until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. The last royal to live here was Calip Abdülmecid Efendi. Today, the only way to see the interior of the palace is by guided tour.
An important piece of Turkish historyDolmabahce Palace is lavishly decorated throughout its 285 rooms and 48 halls, standing as an icon of luxury. Here you will find the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier, containing 750 lamps and weighing in at 4.5 tons, as well as a collection of over 200 oil paintings. When the Caliphate was abolished in 1924 ownership of the palace was transferred to the new Turkish Republic. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk used the building as a presidential residence during the summers. Atatürk also spent the last days of his life here, where he died on November 10, 1938. The deathbed of Turkey’s founding father is still on display.
When you are visiting Istanbul and staying at our Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, the Dolmabahce Palace is only a 5 minute drive away. As you spend your day viewing the luxurious home of the Ottoman Sultans you can return to our stylish designer hotel to relax. With majestic views of the Bosphorus Strait and located in the upscale neighborhood of Ortaköy, it is your perfect home away from home.