Dolmabahçe Palace

Built in the 19th century by Sultan Abdülmecit I, the platform of the Dolmabahçe Palace stretches 600 m on the European shore of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahçe Palace was built between 1843-1856 as a mixture of European art styles. The work of Sultan Abdülmecit’s work is the work of Karabet Balyan. The Ottoman Sultans had many palaces in every era. However, the main palace, Topkapi, was abandoned after the completion of the Dolmabahçe Palaces.

Dolmabahçe Palace is three storey, symmetrical plan. There are 285 rooms and 43 rooms. There is a 600 meter dock from the sea and two abudevi doors, one of which is very fancy, on the land side. In the middle of this seaside palace surrounded by a well-kept and beautiful garden, there is a ceremony and a ballroom which is higher than the others. The large, 56-column reception hall amazes visitors with its enormous 4.5-ton crystal ballroom illuminated with 750 light.

The reception side of the palace was used as the reception and negotiation of the Sultan, while the wing on the other side of the ceremony hall was used as the harem department. Interior decorations, furnishings, silk carpets and curtains, and all the other stuff are complete, as came from the original day-to-day. Dolmabahçe Palace has a richness and splendor that is not found in any existing palace. The walls and ceilings are painted with European artisans’ paintings and tons of gold ornaments. Everything in the important rooms and lounges has the same color tone. All floors are covered with different, very ornate wooden parquet. The famous Hereke silk and woolen carpets are the most beautiful works of Turkish art, serilidir in many places. Occasional decorative handcraft works of Europe and Far East decorate the palace everywhere. The sparkling crystal chandelier, candlesticks and fireplaces show off their beauty in many rooms of the palace.

This one is the greatest ballroom in whole palaces of the world. 36 m. The massive crystal chandelier hangs from its dome at an altitude of 4.5 tons. In important political meetings, this hall used for congratulations and balloons was warmed up with a furnace-like layout at the bottom. Saraya heating and electrical system have been added later. Six hammams It is decorated with marbles of alabaster which are beautiful, unmatched, in Selamlik section. The grand hall is divided into upper galleries for orchestras and diplomats.

In the harem section, which is reached by passing through long corridors, there are sultan bedrooms and the section of the mother of the sultan and other women and servants departments. The northern extension part of the palace was allocated to the princes. Entrance is in the Beşiktaş district and serves as the Museum of Painting and Sculpture. During the Republican era, the most important event in the palace where Atatürk was used as residence during his visit to Istanbul was the death of Atatürk in 1938.

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