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Abdullah Aga Caddesi, Beylerbeyi, Istanbul, Turkey
entry fee
TL 20
per person
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

about beylerbeyi palace

The Beylerbeyi Palace, located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey at the Asian side of the Bosphorus was an Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s. It was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz (1830–1876) It is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign heads of state visiting the Ottoman capital. Several palaces had been built and demolished at this site over the years.

The present structure was built between 1861-1865 and the exterior and interior decoration is a blend of Eastern, Turkish and Western motifs. The three-storied building is divided into two sections, the harem (for women) and the selamlık (for men), and has 26 rooms and 6 halls. The original furniture, carpets, curtains and other fixtures have been preserved in good condition. The decorations of the facade on the seaside, the well-kept gardens, the spiral staircase, and the hall with a pool in the central section are some of the eye-catching features of the palace.

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