Built by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1839 -1861, a visit to Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi) is a visit to an opulent bygone era, when the Ottoman Sultans spared no expense in their extravagant residences. The palace is huge, and so full of grandeur that you will while away hours as you wander through the rooms. As you admire the detail - including the great hall and its use of domes - you will notice the western influence on the architecture, such as the world’s largest crystal chandelier!