- Across from Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi, the summer home of the Sultans, is lavishly decorated, with a marble fountain and large bathing pool in the main salon surrounded by dozens of impossibly perfect blue and white striped 30-foot-tall marble columns. Quite a summer home! Also intriguing is the upstairs study with astoundingly intricate wooden inlays, as well as the bamboo copse in the gardens, and the fabulous view. Some rooms are more modern than expected, but are an indication of just how recently the Ottoman Empire ended.
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