Photographer's Note

Last year I spent most of the month of May in Turkey, in a journey that is always different but always intriguing to me...I really didn't post many pictures from this unforgettable trip and I think that now is a good time to do it...because it's been a year ago and I feel that I need to dedicate more time to this very favorite country to me..
Istanbul is the jewel capital with so many monuments to visit, one of them is the Dolmabahçe Palace.
Built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk transferred all government functions to the youthful capital but on his visits to Istanbul Ataturk occupied only a small room at Dolmabahce Palace as his own. He stayed, welcomed his foreign guests and made a practical center for national, historical and language congress and for international conferences.
The gardens and the views to Bosphorus are more than spectacular and the peaceful setting is always a joy to visit.
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