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Dolmabahce Palace holds a special place in Turkish history because it was constructed during the Ottoman Empire and eventually became the Presidential Palace where the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk passed away on 10th November 1938.
Therefore this palace is mostly visited by the Turkish people on this date to commemorate Ataturk.
The name Dolmabahce derives from dolma (filled) and bahce (garden) for being located on reclaimed land. The area where the palace is now, had been the imperial garden of the Sultans until Sultan Abdulmecit had a palace built which became the residence of him and the subsequent emperors for 400 years.
Until Abdulmecit, Topkapi Palace had been the imperial palace but during his reign Dolmabahce became the imperial palace although Topkapi Palace retained its significance because it housed holy relics of Prophet Muhammed, which the Sultan and his family frequently visited.
Some administrative employees stayed and worked there as well.
Why prefer a private tour: With private tours you can have lots of opportunities to rest if needed, do the walking at your own pace, the tour runs throughout the year, start the tour at any time you like and private tours are always the most ideal way to make the best of your visit with your own private tour guide, have a fun-filled and instructive day suited to your interests to shoot some shots of the area.
|1 pax – 130USD||2 pax – 70USD||3 pax – 45USD||4 pax – 35USD||5 pax – 25USD|
|6 pax – 22USD||7 pax – 19USD||8 pax – 17USD||9 pax – 15USD||10 pax – 15USD|
Optional: Transportation (100USD per car)
Hotels in and around Sultanahmet area
Recommended pick up time is between 7:30am and 1:00pm
Dolmabahce + Grand Bazaar