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 »
Traditional Ottoman House in Odunpazarı
In the previous article, we started our journey through Eskişehir with the Porsuk River and the multiple green spaces in its surroundings.
Today, we will discover Odunpazarı, one of the most attractive districts of the city with a vast amount of magnificent traditional Ottoman houses. Read the rest of this entry »
Eskişehir is located 315 km away from Istanbul and is reachable by high speed train in 2 and a half hours and by bus in 4 to 5 hours depending on the coach station. This Anatolian city has many assets that are likely to appeal to tourists. Read the rest of this entry »
Marmara is the largest of the islands located in the Sea of Marmara and it is only 2 and a half hours away from Istanbul. Ferries to Marmara depart from Yenikapi Terminal.
Little-known to most tourists, this charming island is mainly frequented by Turkish families and couples and is the ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend surrounded by greenery. 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 »