Dolmabahce Palace is functionally divided into three areas:The Selamlık section, where government business was once conducted.
The Harem, the former private area of the Sultan and his family,
which can also be visited for an additional entrance ticket.
The Ceremonial Hall, which was reserved for the important state
ceremonies of the Sultan and is located in the Selamlık section.
Selamlık Section: A secluded domain for the sultan's family and concubines,
complete with living quarters, administrative spaces, and verdant gardens.
Harem Section: Inside the Harem, you can visit the apartments of the royal
family, which transport you back to the Ottoman times. Here are the chambers of
the Sultan’s Mother, concubines, wives and favorites of the sultan.
The harem is also home to one of the most important rooms of the
palace, especially for the Turkish people.
Here you can find the Room of Atatürk, who spent his last days
in a bedroom in the former Harem and died on 10.11.1938. Notice that all clocks
in the palace have been set for 09:05, the time he passed away.
Palace Gardens: A must-see for any visitor are the picturesque Palace Gardens.
They are divided in four sections: Selamlık Garden (Hasbahce), Crown Garden,
Bird Garden (Kuşluk), and Harem Garden.
The Dolmabahce Gardens are a true masterpiece with their natural
beauty and tranquility. Walk along exquisite marble pools, beautiful statues
and geometric hedge formations and admire the influence of European garden
With its beautiful location at the Bosphorus, you can also enjoy
a unique view of the famous strait.
Clock Museum: Marvel at the impressive clock collection, which features 71
Ottoman, British and French clocks from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The collection, previously kept in the storerooms, came to light
with the opening of the Clock Museum. It has been open to visitors since the
renovation of the former Interior Treasury Building in the Harem Garden of the
National Palaces Painting Museum: Art lovers should pay a visit
to the Painting Museum. It is housed in the Veliahd Residence, which has been
turned into a museum after seven years of restoration work. Most of the
paintings were previously stored in the Crown Prince Room of the Palace.
The Painting Museum is made up of 11 sections in thematic
integrity. Surrounded by a noble setting, you can enjoy about 200 works by
Turkish and international artists of the 19th century.
Gates: Be sure to take a look at the magnificent gates of the palace,
which are decorated with golden leaf appliqués and inscriptions. The ornate
gates, especially the ones overlooking the sea, are a popular backdrop for
In total, there are 10 gates, but the most stunning ones are the
Treasury Gate at the entrance of Dolmabahce Palace and the Sultanate Gate
overlooking Dolmabahce Avenue. Both are adorned with tugras (signature of the
sultan) and popular photo motifs.
Dolmabahce Clock Tower: Don’t miss the clock tower in the middle of the square, next to
Dolmabahce Palace. Built under Sultan Abdülhamid II in 1895, it is considered
one of the most famous clock towers in Turkey.
It shows not only the time, but also the weather. The clock
tower is now a popular photo spot.