Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace The Dolmabahce Palace was built between the years 1843 and 1856, ordered by the Empire’s 31st Sultan, Abdulmecid I, at a cost of five million Ottoman gold pounds, the equivalent of 35 tonnes of gold. Haci Seid Aga was responsible for the construction works, while the project was relaised by architects Garabet Balyan,…

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace Topkapi palace is the most extensive monument in Turkish civil architecture. The monument occupies 700,000 m2 and is a building complex of courts, pavilions, mosques and fountains. The whole palace is surrounded by a strong wall. Its name “TOPKAPI” is a compound and means “Cannon Gate”.     When Mehmet ll conquered Istanbul in…