Dolmabahce Palace © DavidConFran
The Dolmabahce Palace was home to six Sultans from 1856, when it was first inhabited, up until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. The last royal to live here was Caliph Abdulmecid Efendi, before a law in 1924 transferred the ownership of the palace to the national heritage of the new Turkish Republic. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey, used the palace as a presidential residence during the summers and enacted some of his most important works here. Ataturk spent the last days of his medical treatment in this palace, where he died in 1938. The palace has an ostentatious interior of crystal chandeliers, while the exterior of the palace has a vast and beautiful garden.
Address: ViÅŸnezade Mahallesi, Dolmabahçe Cd., BeÅŸiktaÅŸ/Ä°stanbul, Turkey.
Telephone: +90 212 236 90 00
Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday 9am-4pm. Friday to Sunday, 9am-4pm. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
Admission: Combined ticket for public and private rooms: TRY 60. Only 3,000 people are admitted per day.