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Dolmabahçe Palace Clock Tower, Istanbul, Turkey - Dolmabahçe Palace (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Sarayı) located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used.

French Street, Istanbul. If New York has Chinatown and Little Italy, then Istanbul has "French Street" (Fransız Sokağı). "Rue Franaise", with tented buildings, street musicians, cafés, bars and art centers...