Dolmabahce Palace has great importance for the Turkish people as it served as the residence for their historical leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He additionally stayed there during the most serious period of his illness, passing away in the palace on the 10th of November, 1938 at 9:05 AM. All of the clocks in the palace have been stopped at this time.
The Palace, located directly on the Bosphorus Strait, was subsequently converted into a museum and is bestowed with a special sense of respect.
FYI: It is adorned with huge Baccarat crystal chandeliers, a stunning staircase, 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths (hamam) and 68 toilets. Monday & Thursdays closed.