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Dolmabahçe Palace

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"Dolmabahce Palace was the first European-style palace in Istanbul, built in 1843. commissioned by Sultan Abdül Mecit. After the project was completed, the Sultan decided to move from his original modest abode, Topkapi Palace, to Dolmabahce Palace, as the latter could provide modern luxury. The real reason for its wealth is actually quite sad: to cover up the decline of the Ottoman Empire. The result is a two-story palace with an area of ​​45,000 m², containing 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets, and 6 baths. The designer of the Paris Opera was also invited to create the interiors, which also explains their exaggerated theatricality. The tourist entrance to Dolmabahce Palace is at the Imperial Gate and be prepared to be there early in the morning. Only 3,000 people are allowed inside per day. During your visit, go to the palace gardens first, as photography is prohibited inside the palace, it is best to start with the palace gardens before they are overcrowded with tourists. Next to the palace, you will also find the Dolmabahçe Mosque, which is worth a visit if you have some free time. ⭐️ Toilets and cafes are built in the territory of the palace 💶 Paid admission... A virtual guide is provided free of charge"
" Dolmabahçe Palace, located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the most magnificent and iconic landmarks in the city. It served as the main administrative center and residence for the Ottoman sultans during the latter part of the empire's existence. Commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid I and designed by the architects Garabet Balyan and his son Nigoğayos Balyan, construction of the palace began in 1843 and was completed in 1856. Dolmabahçe Palace replaced the Topkapı Palace as the primary residence and seat of government for the Ottoman sultans. The palace's architecture is a blend of various styles, predominantly Neoclassical, Baroque, and Rococo, reflecting the influences of European architectural trends of the 19th century. It features grand halls, majestic chambers, ornate furnishings, and magnificent crystal chandeliers, showcasing the opulence and grandeur of the Ottoman Empire during its final years."
"Sitting on the banks of the Bosphorus, this imperial palace with its neoclassical exterior and over-the-top interior has visitors flocking here to tour its Selamlık (Ceremonial Quarters) and Harem. Take the T1 tram to the last stop Kabatas and then a quick walk from there will bring you to Dolmabahce Palace. You will marvel at the exteriors of the palace and be starstruck by the interiors, but do make sure that you reach early as the palace shuts at 4pm. "

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