Ceremonial Hall in Dolmabahce Palace
A form of central heating could be piped up the columns and took 3 days before it would come into effect. The most important imperial ceremonies would be held here and the sultan’s exquisite 250kg throne would be brought from the Topkapi Palace treasury and placed against the west wall. Ambassadors would line up in the gallery facing the throne, with other guests to the left, and the orchestra to the right. The area above the sultan would remain empty as no one but Allah could be placed above him.
Important events that took place here include the 1876 coronation of Sultan Murad V, an event that would usually take place at Topkapi Palace ; the first meeting of the Ottoman parliament in 1877 from which seeds were sown to end the reign of the Empire and later, Ataturk ’s first speech as the President of the Republic of Turkey , a copy of which is displayed in the room.
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