Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul – Ottoman Palace by the Sea

Dolmabahce Palace was built between 1843-1856 as a mixture of European art styles. The building is the work of Sultan Abdülmecit’s architect Karabet Balyan. Ottoman Sultans had many palaces in every era. However, the main palace, Topkapi Palace, was abandoned after the completion of Dolmabahce Palace. Dolmabahce Palace has 3 symmetrical planned floors. There are 285 rooms and 43 rooms. There is a 600 meter dock from the sea, and on the land side there are 2 abudevi doors, one of which is very ornate. 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.

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The entrance side of the Palace was used for the acceptance and negotiations of the Sultan. The wing on the other side of the ceremony hall was used as a harem section. Interior decorations, furnishings, silk carpets and curtains and all the other accessories have come to be as complete as the original. Dolmabahçe Palace has a richness and glamor that is not found in any existing palace. The walls and ceilings are painted with European artisans’ paintings and tons of gold ornaments. Everything has the same color tone in important rooms and lounges. All floors are covered with different, very ornate wooden parquet. The famous Hereke silk and wool carpets are the most beautiful pieces of Turkish art, available in many rooms. Occasional decorative handcraft works of Europe and Far East decorate the palace everywhere. The bright crystal chandelier, candlesticks and fireplaces display their beauty in many rooms of the palace. This one is the greatest ballroom in whole palaces of the world. At the height of 36 meters, the massive crystal chandelier hangs with a mass of 4.5 tons. In important political meetings, this hall used for congratulations and balloons was heated with a furnace-like mechanism at the bottom. Heating and electrical system have been added later to the Palace. The grand hall’s top galleries were reserved for orchestras and diplomats.

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In the harem section, which is reached by passing through long corridors, there are sections of the sultan’s bedrooms and the sultan’s mother and other women and servants. The northern extension 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 that was used as a residence during the visits of Atatürk to Istanbul was the death of Atatürk in 1938. The body of Ataturk, who was kept open to public visits, was sent to Ankara from here. The clocks that were still in the sun were stopped at the time of death at the memory of this great Turk. The Dolmabahçe Palace is open to the public on certain days of the week and is another of the Istanbul treasures that must be seen.

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Dolmabahce Palace Working Hours

Dolmabahçe Sarayı diğer saraylara göre daha erken kapanmaktadır. Dolmabahçe Sarayı 09:00-16:00 saatleri arasında ziyarete açıktır. Dolmabahçe Sarayı Pazartesi ve Perşembe günleri ziyaretçilere kapalıdır. Dolmabahçe Sarayı müzesi, ziyaretçilerini belirtilen günler içerisinde ağırlamaktadır. Farklı sorularınız için de Dolmabahçe Sarayı iletişim bilgileri ile görevlilere ulaşabilir ve daha detaylı bilgi alabilirsiniz.  Dolmabahçe Sarayı çalışma saatleri ve Dolmabahçe Sarayı çalışma günleri yukarıda belirttiğimiz gibidir.




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