Visiting Dolmabahce Palace

As you approach the palace the beautiful gardens designed in a French style, strike you first. There are beautiful white garden lamps lining the pathway. Rare flowers bloom in large vases and you can see conifers and magnolias planted around the garden. Just opposite the entrance to the palace is a large formal pool with an elaborate ornamental fountain in the center of the pool. You can see the majestic palace rising before you from the garden. The facade of the Dolmabahce Palace is dream like in its beauty.

The balconies and columns of bluish white marble set against the background of the blue sky and azure waters of the Bosphorus creates a stunning effect especially when the glittering golden rays of the sun strike it. You may freely take photographs here, for once inside you will not be allowed to use your cameras. There are porters in the foyer that takes care of your cameras as you visit the palace.

Before you enter the palace area you will be asked to wear blue nylons over your shoes so that the floor does not get dirty. The first place you see is the huge entrance hall or the Medhal Salonu. An enormous chandelier, weighing 4.5 tons, made of French Baccarat crystals hangs in the center of the hall. There are crystal light fixtures rising from the floor to the ceiling in the four corners of the hall. The whole area glitters with the light reflected from these chandeliers.

At the foot of the staircase on the opposite side are two porcelain vases on either side. Other picture vases can also be found in the middle of the hall. These are made in the Yildiz Porcelain Factory in Istanbul. This is the area where visitors were welcomed officially and it was only open to men.
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