Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi in Turkish) was built between 1843-1856 in neo-baroque style by Sultan Abdul Mecid who decided to move from Topkapi Palace to a new palace on the shores of the Bosphorus.
The architect of the palace was Karabet Balyan.
The Palace has 3 floors including basement. It has 285 rooms, 43 halls and 6 Turkish baths. The Palace’s pier is 600 meters long.
4,5 tons crystal chandelier hanging from its 36 meters high ceiling in the palace’s huge ballrom.
Dolmabahce Palace housed for Sultans and their families before the Republic and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk used the palace as his Istanbul base. He died here on the 10th of November, 1938.
The tourist entrance of the palace near the clock tower, built by Sultan Abdul Hamit II. between 1890-1894. There is an outdoor cafe just behind the clock tower with premium Bosphorus views.
Dolmabahce Palace open daily between 9:00-4:00 p.m. except Mondays & Thursdays
The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici in Turkish), is the largest surviving cistern in Istanbul and located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, Sultanahmet Square, next to the Hagia Sophia, was built by Justinian I in AD 532, the age of glory of Eastern Rome, also called the Byzantine Empire.
The cistern’s roof 65m wide and 143 m long, capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres of water provided from a reservoir near Black Sea via 20 km of aqueducts.
The cistern’s roof is supported by 336 marble columns each 9 metres high. The columns are arranged in 12 rows each consisting of 28 columns.
The cracks and the columns were repaired in 1968. The cistern was cleaned and renovated in 1985 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and opened to the public in 1987.
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