Half day afternoon tour with entrance fee included
Dolmabahçe Palace was ordered to be built by the Empire's 31st Sultan, Abdülmecid I, and uilt between the years 1843 and 1856. Haci Said Aga as responsible for the construction works, while he project was realised by architects Garabet Balyan, his son Nigogayos Balyan, and Evanis Kalfa. The construction works cost five million Ottoman mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tonnes of gold. Fourteen tonnes of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the 45,000 square metre monoblock palace, which stands on an area of 110,000 m.
The design contains eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis. The palace layout and decor reflect the increasing influence of European styles and standards on Ottoman culture and art during the Tanzimat period.
Medhal (Main Entrance) Hall
A visit to the Dolmabahce Palace begins at the Medhal Hall. Rooms leading off the Medhal are towards the sea and the land. The rooms facing the sea were used by the leading Ottoman officials, the Grand Vizier and the other state ministers, while the rooms facing the land were used by various administrators of the palace and the state.
The Secreteriat's Rooms
The second room after the Medhal to the right is the Clerk's Hall, also referred to as the "Tiled Room." The largest painting in the palace collection, a depiction of the Surre Procession by Stefano Ussi, hangs on the left wall of this hall.
Drive over the Bosphorus
We will accross the Bosphorus by the 64 meters high bridge, which will let you see a breathtaking view of the European and Asian sides. You will find your self in Asia once the short ride is over.
Highest point of Istanbul with an absolutely magnificent view, which makes it well worm to climb. It gives you a unique chance to view entire city in a single picture.