Dolmabahce Place

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Dolmabahçe (filled in garden; in the early 17th century a villa was erected here on a filled in piece of ground) is the name for a palace built by members of the Armenian family Balyan. It was built in 1843-1856 for Sultan Abdül Mecit. Turkey was doing very badly at the time, the sultan should have pumped money into the economy, but decided to advertise the greatness of his crumbling empire with a palace, forcing his suffering population to pick up the bill.

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