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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 III

Izmir cathedrale

       Izmir played a substantial part in Christian history. Ancient Smyrna was inhabited by Greeks and Levantines and the city has a number of interesting churches that are worth seeing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Istanbul paralyzed by snow during three days

Snow in Istanbul

        It is not unusual to see the prestigious monuments of Istanbul and the shores of the Bosphorus whitened with snow. However the city witnessed much heavier snowfall than normal in the past three days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Xanthos

Xanthos

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Istinye

Istinye

      Istinye is situated on the European shore of the Bosphorus in the district of Sariyer, between Emirgan and its famous park and Yeniköy. 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 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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Kastamonu, an Anatolian town to discover

Kastamonu

The city of Kastamonu, situated in the Black Sea Region, is a lesser known tourist destination but it certainly deserves to be seen. Read the rest of this entry »

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