Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace is a royal residence situated in Dolmabahce Cad, Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey.


Location: Dolmabahce Cad, Besiktas, Istanbul Map

Constructed: 1843- 56

Used: 1856- 1922

Tel. +90 (212) 236 9000

(212) 327 2626

Bus: 25E, 40

Open: Mar- Sep: 9am- 4pm Tue, Wed & Fri- Sun

Oct- Feb: 9am- 3pm Tue, Wed & Fri- Sun


Description of Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace was constructed upon the orders of 31st Sultan (ruler) Abdulmecid I between 1843 and 1856 under supervision of Hacı Said Ağa. The design of this Baroque residence is largely work of architects Garabet Balyan, his son Nigoğayos Balyan and Evanis Kalfa. The palace contains 43 large saloons, 285 different rooms and a 4000 kg Bohemian glass chandelier. It is probably largest and most luxurious residence in the country.


Dolmabahçe Palace served as the main administrative center from 1856 to 1922 when Ottoman Empire was replaced by Turkish Republic under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He moved his capital to Ankara and only briefly stayed in a small room of the former palace. It was mostly used for foreign delegations who came to the new republic. As you walk through Dolmabahçe Palace you can notice that all clocks have stopped at 9:05. It is no surprise since this was the time when supreme leader of the republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died here on November 10th, 1938 at 9:05am.