Dolmabahce Palace is founded upon a reclaimed area by filling up the sea. It’s a 19th century palace by the Bosphorus. It’s in baroque and rococo style and very French. It can be visited with a tour guide of the palace as a group. It is open everyday except Monday and Thursday from 9:30 to 5 pm.
When you enter the palace area, the first thing to see is the beautiful French style gardens. After having a lovely walk by the Bosphorus, you reach the main building. The palace was constructed between 1842-1853 by one of the Ottoman Sultans, Sultan Abdulmecid. The architect was a famous Armenian architect, Nikogos Balyan.
The palace reflects the European and more “modern” side of the Ottoman Empire. The Sultans moved to Dolmabahçe Palace after its construction was finished and never went back to Topkapı Palace which hosted them nearly 4 centuries.