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 »
Ulu Cami, also known as the Great Mosque in English and the Armenian Church are the two unmissable jewels of Sivrihisar. Read the rest of this entry »
Completed in 1557 by most famous Ottoman architect Sinan on top of one of the seven hills of Istanbul, the Suleymaniye Mosque overlooks the Golden Horn with its four minarets ornamented with all ten balconies which are visible from far away.
With the request of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Sinan created in seven years one of the masterpieces of the city that he only considers in his book as a work of a journeyman. Read the rest of this entry »
Compare to the famous Blue Mosque and Süleymaniye,Sehzade Mosque is not well known by the tourists, even thogh it bears the signature of Sinan, the most famous Ottoman architect, and is near the Aqueduct of Valens.
Built at the request of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, is dedicated to the memory of his eldest son Mehmet, died of smallpox at the age of 21 in 1543. Read the rest of this entry »