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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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Istinye

Istinye

      Istinye is situated on the European shore of the Bosphorus in the district of Sariyer, between Emirgan and its famous park and Yeniköy. Read the rest of this entry »

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The many mosques of Üsküdar

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      Üsküdar, located on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, is a lively and popular district that will prove particularly appealing to mosque enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »

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The famous Ortaköy Mecidiye Mosque has reopened its doors

Ortakoy and Bosphorus Bridge

After over 3 years of restoration the famous Mecidiye Mosque in Ortaköy has officially reopened its doors on June 6, 2014 during the Friday prayer. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Belgrade Forest in Istanbul

Cyclistes dans la forêt de Belgrade à Istanbul

       When the summer heat becomes unbearable in Istanbul, one of the most pleasant places to walk is definitely the Belgrade Forest located on the European side.It is situated between the Black Sea and inhabited areas to the west of the Bosphorus. Read the rest of this entry »

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A spring morning atmosphere in Sariyer port

Sariyer port

      Sariyer is a friendly neighborhood of Istanbul, on the shores of the Bosphorus towards  the Black Sea, on the European side of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arnavutköy, charming neighborhood of Istanbul

Arnavutkoy

       Arnavutköy, otherwise known as “the village of Albanians” is a charming district of Istanbul located on the European side just after the bridge over the Bosphorus. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Boats of Istanbul

Boat on the Bosphorus

If there is an image that has been part of Istanbul, it is he boats who tirelessly provide shuttle service between the European side and the Asian side of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

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