Completed in 1856 with 285 rooms, 68 toilets, 46 halls and OMG only 6 baths, Dolmabahce Palace displays Turkish 19th century “Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous”.
The Palace is also sentimental to modern day Turkey because it is here that it's First President Ataturk (1927) passed away in 1938 on the morning of November 10th at 9:05am.
A YTL$20 ticket provides a no pictures guided tour in Turkish and English along with free admission to Dolmabahce Palace Harem Residence.
A good introduction to the opulence of Dolmabahce is “The Grand Crystal Staircase”a two story double entry staircase with steps lined on both sides with large crystal rail supports. And if that's not enough just light it up with a crystal chandelier.
From one room to another the decorations and craftsmanship involved is almost unbelievable.
Entrance to “The Grand Ballroom” is hair raising and gives me goose bumps.
Turned off except for special occasions our tour guide tells us . “Next time bring your president if you want to see it lit up”. Apparently, they cannot afford the electric bill.
Exiting to the left from The Palace a light rain begins to fall as we walk quickly to a free tour at the Harem Residence. A tour that is a bit rushed with a big group, it does give a little more insight into daily Harem life including exhibits of little prince and princess rooms.
I enjoy huge portions of fresh bread and water as Tony and Moose choose one of A Meitre specials.
Along two lane highways, Moose take us for a little sightseeing around the peninsula.
Done with sightseeing for the day we maneuver our way back home joining traffic heading west out of Istanbul. The weather man promises no rain for tomorrow. I wish I could revisit this area because I am sure the scenery here would be even more striking on a day without Turkish Rain.