YILDIZ PALACE – CHALET
Yildiz, 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).
The environment which also attracted attention during the reigns of Sultan Murad IV (1623-1640) and Selim III (1789-1807); began to be called with this name due to a kiosk name “Yildiz” which Selim III has built for his mother Mihrişah Valide Sultan. This group of buildings which developed with the kiosks and pavilions, added during the reigns of Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839), Sultan Abdulmecid (1839-1861) and Sultan Abdulaziz (1861-1876); was given the name Yildiz Palace with the buildings constructed during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II. (1876-1909) Yıldız Palace became the fourth administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace.
Chalet Kiosk, which is a part of Yildiz Palace and named as “chalet” meaning “mountain hostel” in French, is one of the most outstanding structures of 19th century Ottoman architecture. The kiosk consists of three adjacent sections built at different times in a garden surrounded with high walls. The first section of the kiosk was constructed in 1880. With the additional building built by Sarkis Balyan in 1889 the kiosk was enlarged with rooms and halls. The third section known as Merasim Kiosk (Ceremonial Kiosk) and constructed by Italian Architect D’Aranco is known to be completed in 1898. The last two sections were constructed for German Emperor Wilhelm II for his visits to İstanbul. The Chalet Pavillion has the characteristics of a “state guest house” within the group of Yıldız Palace structures. The kiosk which was built as three-storey with the basement, is made of wood and stone. The Ottoman house plan tradition dividing the buildings as Harem and Selamlık is not observed at this building.
The connection between the floors of the Chalet with seven doors and wooden louvered windows, is provided by elegant staircases, one of which is made of marble and the other two are of wooden. The most attractive place of the building is the magnificent Ceremonial Hall, with one piece Hereke carpet which is 406 square meters and with the ceiling decorated with gilded panels. It is known that the muayede ceremonies were performed at this hall during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II. The furniture of the dining hall, also known as “Sedefli Salon” due to the doors with mother of pearl inlay brought from Çırağan Palace, was made by Sultan Abdulhamid II at Imperial Workshop (Tamirhane-i Hümayun) within the body of Yildiz Palace. Except the dining hall reflecting the Ottoman taste, European style is dominant at the furnishing of the Kiosk. There are Sweden made big size Röstrand porcelain stoves among the outstanding elements of the decoration of the Chalet. Among the group of buildings of Yildiz Palace, a part of the stables named as Istabl-ı Amire-i Ferhan and the maneage buildings gained new functionality after the completion of their restorations. Classical Turkish Arts Center is situated at one of the buildings. Maneage building was transformed into a conference hall which can be allocated to congresses and seminars.
Visiting Days and Hours
Palaces, kiosks & pavilions are closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
Dolmabahçe Palace 09:00-16:00;
(The ticket office may be closed earlier due to
the exceed of the daily ticket quota.)
other palaces, kioks & pavilions can be visited between the hours 09:00-17:00.
Museum of Palace Collections is closed on Mondays
and on the other days it is open for visiting between 09:00-17:00 hours.
Factories are open between 09:00-18:00 hours on week days
and they are closed at weekends.