What not to miss at the Dolmabahçe Palace?
The handmade parquet floors in the Dining Hall. Carved from rosewood, ebony, and mahogany, they are a delicately masterpiece, almost hidden by the lavish furnishings.
The 4.5 tonne chandelier, in the ceremonial hall was a present from Queen Victoria, and is the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier.
In 2014, the National Palaces Painting Museum (Milli Saraylar Resim Müzesi) opened in an annexe of the palace, containing 202 fine examples of late 19th and early 20th century paintings.
Located inside the harem section is the room in which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk - founder of Turkish Republic- stayed, and where he eventually died.