Formerly, the Sultan and his family lived at Topkapi Palace, but it was lacking in contemporary luxury and style. Dolmabahçe Palace was ordered by the empire's 31st Sultan, Abdülmecid I, and built between 1863-1856. The construction cost the Empire a whopping five-million Ottoman mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold.
Fourteen tons of gold leaf were used in the construction of the palace. It has an area of 65,000 m2 (11.2 acres), and contains 285 rooms, 66 halls, 6 baths (hammams), and 68 toilets.
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