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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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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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Gypsy Florists of Istanbul

Florists Roman of Istanbul

        Hawkers of all kinds are in the four corners of the city. Among them, a category of hand florists. Among the Roma settled for decades in Istanbul, a number in this occupation are nice compared to many others. Read the rest of this entry »

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