"The Domabahce Palace" Dolmabahce Palace Tip by Sharrie

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  Dolmabahce Palace
by Sharrie

DOLMABAHCE PALACE is built on a filled-in bay (orignially where the navy anchored) where the Besiktas Palace once stood. It was commissioned by Sultan Abdulmecit I (the 31st sultan of the Ottomon Empire, ascended the throne in 1839) & built by architect Karabet Balyan. Construction of the palace started in 1843 & was completed in 1856. It took a lot of resources to build, the exact figure, pretty unbelievable! It is said that 14 tons of gold & 40 tons of silver were used for the decor of the palace. Furniture brought from Paris, silk carpets from Hereke & Lyon, crystal materials from Baccarat & vases (280 in total) from Sevr! Total area covered by the carpets is 4500 sq m & all were silk carpets! Total area of the palace = 250,000 sq m. 285 rooms, 43 halls, 6 hamams & 1427 windows. The carpet in the hall is said to measure 124 sq m & is the largest hand-made Hereke carpet in Turkey!

Abdulmecit lived here for about 15 years. Ataturk later used it as his residence whenever he visited Istanbul. After Ataturk's death in November 1938, the palace was restored & converted into a museum.

Address: Visnezade Mh., Beskitas district
Phone: +90 212 236 9000
Website: http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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