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Ornaments at the top of the gate of the Sultan at the Dolmabahce palace.

Dolmabahçe Palace was ordered by the Empire's 31st Sultan, Abdülmecid I, and built between the years 1843 and 1856. The design contains eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis. The palace layout and décor reflect the increasing influence of European styles and standards on Ottoman culture and art during the Tanzimat period.
It is the largest palace in Turkey, considering that the area of the monoblock building occupies 45,000 m².

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