Visiting Dolmabahce Palace, Continued

During the Sultan's time, Dolmabahce Palace was graced by many distinguished visitors like the Empress Eugene of France, Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austrian- Hungarian Empire, the Grand Duke Constantine, Bulgarian King Ferdinand, Serbian King Peter the Shah of Iran, Edward Prince of Wales and Charles de Gaulle etc. Most of them came to repay visits made by the Sultan.

The grandeur of the staircase will immediately strike you as you proceed to climb it on your way to the upper chambers. The upper chambers housed the bedrooms, bathrooms, and the harems where the Sultan lived with his wife, children and concubines.

The ornamental handrail made of crystal, the gilt carvings, the carpet, all add to the overall beauty of the hall. As you move up, you face a glass-folding screen behind which lies the private apartments or Maben Salonu. This too is a large spacious area richly adorned and lavish in its decor. A large Baccarat chandelier hanging from the ceiling again catches your attention and as you look up you can see exquisite gold sculptures and carvings on the ceiling. These were made by the best French and Italian artists of the time. In the four corners of the room are four more baccarat crystal lamp fixtures with 30 lamps each. Four big open fireplaces adorn the four corners. These fireplaces are decoratively framed with thousands of beveled crystals. All these crystals reflect light throughout the day, throwing up various patterns to the wall, creating a magical effect.

You must not miss the large carpet in the center of the room - almost 17 by 6.5 mts. - made in the famous Herek factory of Istanbul. There is a large dining table with silver flowers on a fruit pot. Other attractions in this chamber are two big silver braziers called 'mangal' and two huge white bear skins that were a gift from the Czar of Russia. Nicholas II.
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