Dolmabahçe Palace located at the side of The Bosphorus is built by architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan after the order of Sultan, Abdülmecid I. ( 1856 ) . It is a synthesis. of Ottoman architecture and Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles was used in the design of the Palace. Based on a 110.000 m2 area and composed of 16 sections except for the main building Dolmabahçe Palace has got 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths and 68 toilets.
During the era of Sultan Abdulhamid the Second, a Clock Tower and a Heir Room were added. Main structure of the palace Composed of three sections : Selamlik, Parade Hall, and Seraglio. Selamlik was allocated for state issues, Seraglio for private life of sultan and his family, and the Parade Hall located between the two was allocated for important state parades.
The palace was used by six Sultans. Also Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey, used as a presidential residence during the summers. He died on November 10, 1938, in Dolmabahçe Palace.
During your visit you will admire the 4.5 tonne chandelier whch is the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier, 202 fine examples of late 19th and early 20th century paintings, carpets and the Precious stones used in the decoration : Marbles , alabaster, porphyryAddress: Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul