Dolmabahce Palace

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Dolmabahce Palace is the most amzing palace in the word May 31, 2011
I visted many places in Istanbul, there are allot of attractive places there and one of the most attractive place is Dolmabache Palace.

In 1839, Sultan Abdulmecid built Dolmabahce Palace. In contrast to the traditional Eastern style of Topkapi Palace, the newer one exhibits strong Western elements. It would seem more at home in Venice, Florence, or Paris than in Istanbul.

Garabet and Nikogos Balyan designed this palace and its huge gates. They spared no expense, creating something resembling to a Turkish Versailles. The palace contains 285 rooms, 43 halls, six terraces, and six Turkish baths. It is so elaborate that even the Sultan thought it was a bit much. By this time, the Ottoman Empire was facing a revenue shortfall, and times were getting tougher.

The Ceremonial Hall occupies the center, with the Mabeyn-i Humayun and Harem-i Humayun on either side. The former served as the administrative seat of the Empire, and only men were allowed in. Its most striking feature is the Crystal Staircase. The Harem was the private residence of the Sultan and his family.

In 1924, Ataturk established the modern Turkish Republic. He died here in 1938. The old palaces became state property, and are now museums.
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