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The last sultans of the Ottoman Empire resided at the Dolmabahçe Palace, erected in 1853. The palace is an extraordinary mixture of Hindu, Turkish, and European styles of architecture and interior design. The structure was meant to be a symbol of Turkeys march away from its past and toward the European mainstream. The result was a riot of rococo -- marble, vast mirrors, stately towers, and formal gardens along a facade stretching nearly ½ km (1/3 mi). All gilt, crystal and silk, it is every bit as garish as Versailles. To see the nearby Dolmabahçe Cami mosque, founded in 1853, you must join a guided tour -- one takes about 80 minutes, and another, which omits the harem, takes about 45 minutes. COST: $10 for long tour, $5.50 for short tour. OPEN: Apr.-Oct., Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. 9-4; Nov.-Mar., Tues.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. 9-3.

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