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I took this photo in Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul. This is one of four hundred something magnificent chandeliers in Dolmabahce.
Dolmabahçe Palace on the Bosphorus shore in Istanbul is a fitting symbol of the magnificence and decadence of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire.
It's just as a sultan's palace should be: huge and sumptuous, with 285 rooms, 43 large salons, a 4000 kg Bohemian glass chandelier (not the one in the photo), and a Bosphorus-shore facade nearly a quarter mile (1/2 km) long. It's the grandest of Ottoman imperial palaces.
The palace was designed by Ottoman Armenian architects Karabet and Nikogos Balian for Sultan Abdulmecit (1839-61). When it was finished in 1856, the imperial family moved out of medieval Topkapi Palace to live in European-style opulence.

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