Dolmabahçe Palace Museum
Commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid, Dolmabahçe Palace’s construction began in 1846 in the province of Beşiktaş, and was completed in 1856.
The palace is comprised of a main unit, Heir Section, Furniture and Guards’ Room, Operational Mansions, Glass Mansion and other small pavilions. Dolmabahçe Palace has eight spacious saloons and 200 rooms, as well as two main and seven side gates, with five gates on the sea front.
While the gardens are arranged in four sections, the main building is comprised of three sections, namely the State Office (Mabeyn-i Hümayun), Auction Hall and Private Office. The front of the palace overlooks the sea, and the Private Office is a two-storey building.
The Süfera (envoy) Saloon on the upper floor of the palace is one of its most impressive sections. The Auction Hall rises between the State and Private Offices as a monumental structure. It is built on a square-like surface, covered with a dome from the inside and a roof from the outside. It is adorned with rich decorations.
The Private Office is made up of Sultan’s Office and harem. The Harem is a plain section with grand common-use areas and closed private rooms.