Istanbul travel guide


Istanbul Travel Guide

Dolmabahce Palace

The Dolmabahçe Palace, also known as Dolmabahçe Sayari, is a sign of pride and definitely one of the most important and amazing tourist attractions in Turkey. The Dolmabahçe Palace is placed at the European side of the Bosphorus, in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, Turkey. During long time this palace was the most important building in Turkey, serving as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, as well as the home of six sultans, until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924.

Dolmabahçe Palace The Dolmabahçe Palace was built between the year 1843 and 1856, under the order of Abdülmecid I, the 31st sultan of the empire. Considered as an architectural wonder, The Dolmabahçe Palace was designed by Garabet Balyan, Nigogayos Balyanand Kalfa EVANIS, renowned architects that designed many other important buildings including mosques, churches and various public buildings, mostly in Constantinople. They designed this palace in an area of approximately 110.000 m² in which one can see different styles like Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical that blend to create a harmonious work.

Regardless the money, the construction cost, a real fortune, about five million Ottoman gold coins. This palace is formed by 16 separate sections apart from the palace proper, including stables, a flour mill, glass manufactory, kitchens, aviary anda pharmacy. The main attraction is the main hall covering an area of 2000 m2 with large columns supporting the dome which is 36m to the top, inside this hall is also a 4.5 ton chandelier, donated by Queen Victoria. The Dolmabahçe Palace is definitely a place that you must visit.

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