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).
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Beylerbeyi 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 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 »
TOPKAPI PALACE MUSEUM
After 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 »
The ideal place for a stroll
Once you have seen all the busy tourist attractions in Istanbul, you may seek a bit of peace and quiet.
Moda, located in the district of Kadiköy on the Asian shore of the city, is without a doubt one of the most agreeable places to spend time with your family. Read the rest of this entry »
Sainte-Sophie by night
Now that summer is almost here, the mild evenings are ideal to take pictures and to appreciate the charms of Eminönü and Sultanahmet by night. Read the rest of this entry »
The Pera Museum, situated in Tepebaşi in the district of Beyoğlu, celebrated 10 years of existence on June 5th 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
Tourists who are currently visiting Istanbul will notice that the streets are decorated with countless flags. Read the rest of this entry »
Spice bazar in Istanbul
Located in the district of Eminönü, opposite the Galata Bridge and next to the New Mosque, the Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Çarsisi in Turkish) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul. Read the rest of this entry »
Mother Nature is celebrating spring in Buyukada, the largest of the Princes’ Islands, an unspoilt archipelago off the coast of Istanbul. Read the rest of this entry »