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Dolmabache Palace

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wow the Dolmabache Palace. It is breath taking. The palace was created for the 31st sultan. It is a very European influenced building. During the construction they imported a lot of elements for decoration and design. We started by waiting in a very long line. About halfway through the line the army security guards did their marching around the courtyard and everyone stopped to watch. As we were captivated by their synchronization multiple people snaked in front of us. My mom then did her sneaky line cutting and got us to the front again. Then we got to the main door just in time to catch the next English tour. The palace museum offers tours in both English and Turkish every 15 minutes. Our guide spoke great English though her accent was a bit thick. We started by going through the visitors quarters. These rooms were used to hold meetings and give visitors a place to rest before and after events. Then we went up the stairs. It had the 3rd biggest chandelier weighing in at 1 ton. It is completely made out of English crystal. Then we ventured into the dining room. It was huge!!! The rug that covered the ground was at least 60 feet by 30 feet. It is massive!!!!!! W hen i stood in the room and saw the rug all i thought was "jeez that's big!" Then we sped off to the sultans room. We got to free explore the several rooms. One of the rooms had a bed for the Sultan that was 8+ feet long. That was one big sultan :) LOL! To see the luxury of that bed was so different. Nobody today would buy a completely gold bed. It just shows how rich the sultans were. Then we went to the ceremonial hall. When the our tour group walked in everyone was silent in awe! WOW! The ceiling was completely painted and the paintings were so intricate. The colors were so vibrant and perfect it looked like you were looking out to into real balconies. The main dome was a seiries of painted balconies. The paintings looked 3D from the ground! Then there were mosaics of angels and Jesus. They were surrounded by gold mosaic tiles. Then in the middle was a massive chandelier. It was easily 2 tons or more! It must have been 8 feet tall and hung about 70+ feet below the top of the arch. (Sigh)



Posted by Arellaskye 12:07 Archived in Turkey Tagged tourist_sites

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sounds amazing. I wonder what it was like to live there. I wonder how many wives fit on that bed at one time??!! Such extravagance. Thanks for the tour. Love u

by nana

OMG, it sounds like my house, not....... It sounds outrageous, lavish & gaudy at the same time. I bet the art work was inspirational for you. I love that your mom wouldn't tolerate line cutters! Right on, Yo.

by barb ackerman

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