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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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Pera Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary last Friday

Visite pédagogique au musée de Pera

Pera museum

 

       The Pera Museum, situated in Tepebaşi in the district of Beyoğlu, celebrated 10 years of existence on June 5th 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Izmir, the ancient city of Smyrna – Part IV

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Izmir

Beside its Christian history, Izmir also has some important vestiges of its Muslim past. Read the rest of this entry »

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Istanbul by night

Golden Horn

      During the summer months nothing is more agreeable than discovering Istanbul in the sweet coolness of the evening. 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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Bodrum, one of the most sought after summer destinations in Turkey

 

Bodrum

Bodrum is a well-known holiday destination that brings to mind sunny beaches and summer fun. This old fishermen’s village situated in a pretty bay of the Aegean Sea has changed a lot in the last thirty years. 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 Freshwater Streams of Istanbul

Les Eaux Douces d’Asie côté terre

The freshwater streams, a very popular spot in the past, are located on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus near the Anatolian Fortress and the Küçüksu Pavilion commissioned by Sultan Abdulmecid I. Read the rest of this entry »

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