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Amazing Facts about the Dolmabahce Palace

The women of the harem had to the watch the grand ceremonies in the hall through the grilles, behind which they were kept hidden.

The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died in this palace and the clock remains set to the time he died, 9:05am on November 10, 1938. Every year at this time, the whole of Turkey comes to a standstill in remembrance.

The construction cost five million Ottoman mecidiye gold coins, which would be the equivalent of around $1.5 billion in 2013 values – the strain it places on the empire’s resources contributed to its deteriorating financial status.

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