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YILDIZ PALACE – CHALET

YILDIZ PALACE – CHALET

yıldız3Yildiz, covering an area of 500,000 square meters on a location overlooking the Bosphorus between Besiktas, Ortakoy and Balmumcu is a coppice of which settlement dates back to the Byzantine period. The coppice, named as “Kazancioglu Garden” after the Turkish conquest of İstanbul, probably became one of the private gardens of the sultan (“Hasbahçe”) during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617).

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BEYLERBEYI PALACE

BEYLERBEYI PALACE

44794776Beylerbeyi Palace was thought to serve as a summer residence of Ottoman sultans and a state guest house to entertain the foreign heads of state and sovereigns and it was constructed on demand of the sultan of the period, Sultan Abdülaziz (1861 – 1876).

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DOLMABAHÇE PALACE

DOLMABAHÇE PALACE

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Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid (1839-1861) who was the thirty first Ottoman Sultan. The palace, whose construction commenced on June 13th, 1843, was brought into use on June 7th, 1856, upon completion of surrounding walls. The palace mainly consists of three parts, named as the Imperial Mabeyn (State Apartments), Muayede Salon (Ceremonial Hall) and the Imperial Harem. The Imperial Mabeyn was allocated for administrative affairs of the state, Imperial Harem was allocated for private lives of the sultan and his family and the Muayede Salon, placed between these two sections, was allocated for exchanging of bayram greetings of sultan with dignitary statesmen and for some important state ceremonies. Read the rest of this entry »

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TOPKAPI PALACE MUSEUM

TOPKAPI PALACE MUSEUM

harem_topkapAfter the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror at 1453, construction of the Topkapı Palace was started at the year 1460 and completed at 1478 . Palace was built upon a 700.000 squaremeters area on an Eastern Roman Acropolis located at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapı Palace, was the administrative, educational and art center of the Empire for nearly four hundred years since Mehmed the Conqueror until Sultan Abdulmecid who is the thirty-first Sultan. Although Palace was abandoned by the Ottoman Dynasty by moving to the Dolmabahçe Palace at middle 19th century, Topkapı Palace was protected its importance everytime. Read the rest of this entry »

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Çeşme in Winter

The Citadel

The Citadel

A winter getaway to Çeşme, a pleasant Aegean coastal town located 90 km west of Izmir, will allow you to enjoy a relaxed and quiet atmosphere you would never witness in summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Archaeology Museum of Bergama

Inside the Museum

Inside the Museum

A first museum was built between 1900 and 1913 near the Acropolis of Pergamon, where searches were started in 1878 by German archaeologists Carl Humann and Alexander Conze. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Asclepieion and Acropolis: the two diamonds of Pergamon

General View of the Acropolis

General View of the Acropolis

After having visited the pretty city of Bergama, located 2 hours North of Izmir, it is now time to discover the ancient site of Pergamon and its two diamonds: the Asclepieion and the Acropolis. The site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pergamon, an ancient Greek city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The Red Basilica in Bergama

The Red Basilica in Bergama

The city of Pergamon is located in in the Turkish Aegean region, about 100 km north of Izmir on a promontory above the river Bakirçay. This beautiful site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 22nd 2014. The Turkish name for the modern city is Bergama. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Great Mosque and the Armenian Church of Sivrihisar

Ulu Cami

Ulu Cami

Ulu Cami, also known as the Great Mosque in English and the Armenian Church are the two unmissable jewels of Sivrihisar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sivrihisar, a small Anatolian town that’s well worth seeing

Traditional houses of Sivrihisar

Traditional houses of Sivrihisar

Located approximately 100 kilometres south-east of Eskişehir, the small Anatolian town of Sivrihisar counts just over 20 000 inhabitants. Little-known to most tourists, it has an interesting heritage and is worth a visit. Read the rest of this entry »

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