The palace, decorated in the style of the Turkish Renaissance, is located in the district of Siktis in Istanbul, on the European bank of the Bosphorus Strait.
This is a "modest" palace, covering almost 45,000 square meters, with 285 rooms, 43 halls, 68 bathrooms, 6 bathrooms and 6 balconies.
The meaning of Dolmabahce Sarayi is "a full garden".
Indeed, the gardens of the Dolmabahce Palace are one of the most amazing wonders in Istanbul.
Dolmabahce Palace was built quite quickly, in a beautiful, open bay for construction. It was built on land created after filling the beach with the Bosphorus in the ground. Since its construction, the palace has served as the main residence of the Sultans. This continued until the 1920's, with the end of the sultanate and the Ottoman Empire, due to the defeat in World War I.
Throughout this period, the palace and its beautiful defenders, the Sultan and his aides, have been watching over their sinking Ottoman Empire, which historians call the "sick man of Europe," fading towards the end.
After Ataturk came to power, at the end of World War I, he, too, chose to spend his last years here. He died here in 1938. To this day, all the clocks in the palace teach about the death of the leader and the great Turkish nation.
Today the palace serves as a museum. The Turkish government uses it for various official receptions and ceremonies.
The palace has three main parts: the section dedicated to the Sultan, its ceremonial and official area and the harem, where the Sultan's women and his mistresses lived and lived.
Already at the entrance to the palace you can see the great splendor of the Turkish sultans. In the crystal foyer and the crystal-laden stairwell, all the balustrades, chandeliers and lamps from Crystal Baccara are made of glittering crystal. This is the most famous of the palace rooms and rooms.
Later on, especially in the main hall, the tour continues and displays beautiful carpets and a range of luxury objects in the palace. Along with the abundance of furniture, many rugs and luxurious crystals in the magnificent palace, you will also see the Royal Bathroom, a fascinating sight that illustrates the magnificence here, in every detail of the life of the Turkish sultans.
A historical component of the tour of the palace is that of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. The leader, known as "the father of the Turks," spent the last few years in the palace. Visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, you can see the bed on which Atatürk lay at the time of his death. Pay attention to the clocks at the palace, indicating the time when the revered leader died.
The tour usually ends in the courtyard leading to the beach. Dolmabachce's well-kept gardens have a spectacular view of the Bosphorus and the Asian Bank of Istanbul.
The visit to the palace is with guide - a tour starts every few minutes in the museum, with museum guides.
It's worth sitting in the cafeteria opposite the Bosphorus in the palace!