If you are in Istanbul in October, there are two lectures scheduled. On October 8th Dr. Nurhan Atasoy will be speaking about the Traditional Aspects of Dolmabahçe Palace, and on the 9th Dr. Feryal İrez will give a lecture on Palace Furniture.
There are no lectures currently scheduled in the U.S. for October, which is a good excuse to come to Istanbul. We recommend you attend the lectures and then tour the palaces armed with this new, educated perspective.
Seeing Istanbul from such a point of view is sure to add more meaning to your visit.