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 »
On the way to Saraylar
In our previous post we discovered Marmara Island and its main village of the same name.
Among the six villages on the island, two more are worth seeing: Çınarlı, located 4 km north-west of Marmara and Saraylar, 29 km north-east. 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 »
At the edge of the Sea of Marmara, the village renamed Tirilye Zeytinbagi, has been renowned for its olives and for its way of life since 1963. Read the rest of this entry »
If you like to enjoy fresh fish, you will not be disappointed in Turkey. This country bordered to the north by the Black Sea, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, the west by the Aegean Sea and enriched by the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus and Dardanelles does not lack for resources. Read the rest of this entry »
Gökçeada is the largest island in Turkey at 111 square miles and is located at the end of Dardanelles, the strait connecting Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea. Read the rest of this entry »