The Dolmabahce Palace was built in the 19th Century in a baroque and rococo style. It was used as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans.
The palace is granted with an impressive location, on the Bosporus. Due to its French style, many people consider it a smaller model of the Chateau Versailles in Paris.
The Palace is divided into two parts: Selamlik, the public area and Harem, the imperial family area. It has in total 285 rooms including the room of Ataturk, the room where Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic passed away while doing a visit to Istanbul.
Impressive halls, enormous chandeliers, opulent decor with gold and glass, the palace is very elegant and sumptuous.
You can enter only the palace grounds or buy a ticket for the Selamlik, the Haremlik or both of them. There is a limit of 3000 visitors per day, so you should book your ticket by phone during peak tourist season.
There are group tours of around 45 minutes for each part of the palace. Each part have several fees. So you can visit only one or both of them.