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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The first one of the islands that one sees coming from Istanbul by one of the many available means of maritime transport is Kinaliada topped with antennas, where the view and effect is not the most pleasing. Read the rest of this entry »
About twenty kilometers south of Istanbul lies the archipelago of Prince’s islands which only 5 of 9 Islands are inhabited. Büyükada whose name means “Big Island” is the most interesting to visit during the first time in Istanbul.
After crossing to Islands by boat from Kabataş or from Bostancı, with the first step on dock a special atmosphere is immediately felt. Read the rest of this entry »