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On the European side of the Bosphorus lies the Dolmabahce Palace, the former center of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey. The palace was built in the mid-19th century to be the administrative center of the empire, and to house the Ottoman sultans. European designs such as Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical influenced the Ottoman architecture, providing a synthesis of style. This is amongst the largest palaces in the world, with the main building measuring over 45,000 square meters. The interior houses the Crystal Staircase and the largest Bohemian crystal chandelier in the world. This clock tower keeps correct time, unlike other house clocks which are set to 9:05, the time of founder and first president Ataturk's death. Today the palace is a museum, and visitors can check out the garden which gives the place its name.

Dolmabahce Palace
Istanbul

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