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Dolmabahçe Palace – Istanbul, Turkey | A Blog Voyage
Dolmabahçe Sarayi (90) 212 236 9000 Vişnezade Mh., 34357 Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey www.dolmabahcepalace.com OPEN HOURS: 9:00 am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sundays Gate of the Sultan Fourteen tonnes of gold leaf building in the ceilings and the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers - including world's largest Bohemian crystal chandelier in the Ceremonial Hall (Muayede Salonu); a gift from Queen Victoria, this chandelier holds 750 lamps originally powered with city gas converted to electricity in 1912 and weighs 4.5 tonnes - Dolmabahçe Sarayi (meaning filled garden) was ordered by Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-61) to compete with the grandness of European capitals. The palace was built between the 1843-1856 by Garabet Amira Balyan and his son Nigoğayos Balyan; the Balyan family was a dynasty of Ottoman imperial architect; of Armenian ethnicity, the Balyans are responsible for the architectural westernization of Constantinople. Dolmabahçe is the largest