Dolmabahce Palace Facts

DOLMABAHCE PALACE

Dolmabahce Palace Facts

Did you know, Dolmabahce palace has 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets and 6 Turkish baths?

Did you know, 14 tons of gold were used to decorate ceilings in gold leaves?

Did you know, 131 handmade silk carpets were ordered to be woven in the town of Hereke for the palace?

Did you know, the crystal chandelier sent by Queen Victoria of England as a gift to the palace is the largest chandelier in the world with its 750 bulbs and weights 4.5 tons?

Did you know, the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, died in the most basic bedroom of the palace compared to the rest and the clock in the room is still pointing to 09:05 am?

Did you know, you are not allowed to take pictures inside of the palace which is the most impressive? 

Did you know, you can only enter to the palace by joining a guided tour and not allowed to tour the inside areas on your own? 

Did you know, the palace was the home to the last six sultans of the abolished Ottoman Empire?

Did you know, the site of palace was originally a bay on the Bosporus which was used for the anchorage of the Ottoman fleet?

Did you know, Dolmabahce means “filled garden” in English? 

Did you know, Dolmabahce is the largest palace in Turkey with an area of 45.000 m2?

Did you know, really very expensive stones such as Egyptian alabaster, Marmara marble and porphyry from Pergamum were used for the decoration?

Did you know, a collection of 202 beautiful oil paintings done by Ivan Aivazovsky, Gustave Boulanger, Eugene Fromentin, Jean Leon Gerome, Stanislaw Chlebowski, Sandor Svaboda, Fausto Zonaro, Felix Ziem, Theo Van Rysselberghe, Karl Joseph Kuwasseg, Osman Hamdi Bey, Osman Nuri Pasa, Halil Pasa, Sekrit Dag and Omer Ben Mustafa is on display in the palace?

Did you know, the rooms of the palace facing the sea were used by the Grand Vizier, leading Ottoman officials and the state ministers? 

Did you know, the crystal staircase with a crystal chandelier takes anyone’s breathe away?

Did you know, the palace accepts guests on weekdays except on Mondays and Thursdays, from 09:00 to 15:00?