Dolmabah�e Palace, whose construction began in 1846 in the province of Be�ikta� was completed in 1856. The palace which was commissioned by Sultan Abd�lmecid was built on an area of 250.000 m_, and the palace itself and main outhouses were built on sea-filled surface.
The palace is comprised of a main unit, Heir Section, Furniture and Guards� Room, Operational Mansions, Glass Mansion and other small pavilions. Dolmabah�e Palace which has 8 spacious saloons and 200 rooms, has two main and seven side gates and five gates on the sea front.While the gardens are arranged in four sections, the main building comprises of three sections, namely the State Office (Mabeyn-i H�mayun), Auction Hall and Private Office. The main front of the palace overlooking the sea, Private Office is a two-storey building. S�fera (envoy) Saloon on the upper floor of the palace is one of its most impressive sections. Auction Hall rises between the State and Private Offices as a monumental structure. It is built on a squar