Istanbul Attractions: Dolmabahce Palace Museum History and Hours

Dolmabahce PalaceAmong the many interesting things to do in Istanbul is a visit to the Dolmabahce Palace. The palace was built in the 19th century. This was considered the most glamorous palace in the world. This is the last of the Ottoman Sultans resided. Dolmabahce Palace Museum has several interesting exhibits that should be explored. The ironic part about this museum is it shares a similar history with another famous palace in Istanbul, Topkapi.

Dolmabahce Palace Museum History

This spectacular palace was created for the Ottoman Sultans, during 1843 until 1922. However, it is not as old and the history does not date as far back as the 13th century. It was also not a housing structure. It was built for administrative duties. The cost to build the palace totaled $5 million, an unheard of amount for this time. The ceilings alone are made of pure gold leaf.

Perhaps the most unique feature of Dolmabahce Palace is the artwork and designs that reflect three distinct styles, Neoclassical, Baroque and Rococo. They are all so very different, yet equally explosive and stunning in their own right.

The palace has a total of 285 rooms, 6 Turkish bathrooms, 46 different hallways and 68 toilets. The stairs are designed from crystal and the study rooms have Egyptian marble floors. You will take a walk along the same corridors as the Sultans of the past did.

Since the Istanbul tourist attractions in the palace lean more towards the extraordinary, it should be mentioned that all of the clocks are stopped at exact time to represent and show respect for the last owner’s time of death. The supreme leader of Turkey, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk lived and died in the Dolmabahce Palace. The leader died on November 10, 1938 at 9:05am. All clocks in the palace are stopped at this time in memory of the leader.

Dolmabahce Palace Museum Tourist Hours

All Turkey tours that include a stop here arrive between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. This allows for a steady flow of visitors. The official hours of operation are between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., but they prefer that larger tours have enough time to spend in the palace, before closing time.

They are only open four days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and Thursdays. They do not celebrate any Turkish holidays, which means you can put this at the top of your things to do in Istanbul list with great confidence.

If you really want to make sure you can spend enough time here, it is always a good idea that you book one of the Istanbul Turkey hotels that are within walking distance. This will keep you from relying on the tour buses.