The Dolmabahce Palace was the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922. When you study abroad on CAPA International Education's Istanbul program, you'll learn all about this history of this fascinating country that lies on the border of Europe and Asia. Fun fact about the Dolmabahce Palace: It contains 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths (hamam) and 68 toilets.
Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid (1839-1861) who was the thirty first Ottoman Sultan. The palace, whose construction commenced on June 13th, 1843, was brought into use on June 7th, 1856, upon completion of surrounding walls.