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Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul Dolmabahce Palace

Out of all the sites to see in Istanbul, the most intriguing has to be the grand and impressive Dolmabahce Palace. Home to the last six sultans of the abolished Ottoman Empire; it portrays everything that was right and wrong about their rule and reign for over 600 years. While it is easy to be in awe at the architecture and historical tales of their conquered lands, I simply had to wonder if any ruler, person or family deserved to live in such luxurious and wealthy surroundings.

Dolmabahce Palace was built between 1843 and 1856, at a time when life for the average person in Istanbul or the rest of the Ottoman Empire, was not easy or comforting.

Although it was a palace that was modeled by European palaces under the influence of the West, Dolmabahçe Palace was built as a separate section in the functional structure and interior structure, even if it was not as precise as the “Harem”. However, unlike the Topkapı Palace, the Harem is no longer a collection of structures or structures that are isolated from the Palace; it is a private living unit under the same roof, located within the same structure integrity.

The Dolmabahçe Palace was home to 6 sultans and the last Ottoman Caliph Abdülmecid Efendi from 1856 when it was opened to service, until 1924, when the caliphate was abolished. Between 1927-1949 the Palace was used as the Presidency. Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, between the years 1927-1938 in the study used the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul and died here in November 10th, 1938. Dolmabahçe Palace, which was open to protocol and visit between 1926-1984, has been opened as a ah museum-palace yıl since 1984.

Hours & schedule

The Dolmabahce Palace opening hours are Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday between 9am-4pm.

How to get there?

Dolmabahçe Palace is located in Beşiktaş. The T1 Tram Line stops at Kabataş. Then you can walk in 10 minutes.

The mysteries of Dolmabahce Palace

1. For the construction of the palace, nine tons of gold and forty tons of silver were spent. Marbles were brought from Apolyont Temple in Golyazi, Bursa.

2. According to the rumor, a secret tunnel that opens from under the Dolmabahce Palace extends from the bottom of the Sea of Marmara to Buyukada.

3. The water accumulated in the basement of the palace is heated and heated underneath the floor of the meeting room with a hidden channel arrangement.

4. Dolmabahce Palace has a road between the outer walls that a horse carriage can drive.

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