Built in the mid-19th century by Sultan Abdülmecit, Istanbul Dolmabahce Palace occupies an impressive 2,000-foot waterfront site on the Bosphorus. Its most important feature is the vast reception salon with 56 towering columns and a huge 750-bulb crystal chandelier weighing well over four tons. The Bird Pavilion, where birds from all over the world were once kept, is another attraction. Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, died here in 1938.
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