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Arms of the Order of the Medjidie
Arms of the Order of the Medjidie
First Class Order
First Class Order
Distribution of the Medjidie, after the Battle of Cetate (1854)
Distribution of the Medjidie, after the Battle of Cetate (1854)
Order of the Medjidie awarded to Major Rodolph De Salis (1811-1880) of the 8th Hussars.
Order of the Medjidie awarded to Major Rodolph De Salis (1811-1880) of the 8th Hussars.
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Portrait by Konstantin Cretius
Portrait by Konstantin Cretius
Abdulmejid in his youth, by David Wilkie, 1840.
Abdulmejid in his youth, by David Wilkie, 1840.
Sultan Abdulmejid (left) with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Emperor Napoleon III of France
Sultan Abdulmejid (left) with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Emperor Napoleon III of France
Dolmabahçe Palace, the first European-style palace in Istanbul, was built by Abdulmejid between 1843 and 1856, at a cost of five million Ottoman gold
Dolmabahçe Palace, the first European-style palace in Istanbul, was built by Abdulmejid between 1843 and 1856, at a cost of five million Ottoman gold pounds, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. Fourteen tons of gold was used to adorn the interior ceiling of the palace. The world's largest Bohemian crystal chandelier is in the centre hall. The palace has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and even the staircases are made of Baccarat crystal.