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Petros kouroupakis 2019-10-23 06:47:22

As always, perfect!!! You are the best!!


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I booked a transfer at 10am from my Sultanahmet hotel to IST. The car/van arrived early and the driver was happy to wait until I completed my checkout. The drive was about 40 minutes. The van was cle


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The team is very professional ! Everything was easy from the reservation to the transportation. We were 6 persons with 6 big luggages and the price is very reasonable.


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Ottoman Palaces in Istanbul

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During the Ottoman Empire, many imposing and wonderful palaces were built in Istanbul! Mansions which hosted great personalities that played important role in the evolution of history...

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi is a complex of small buildings full of color and indelible beauty! A palace that housed for almost 400 years, Ottoman Sultans, their families and about 4000 people who also lived there. It is the place where most of the important decisions about the Ottoman Empire were taken! A palace that housed not only the Sultans, but also many unbelievable stories, countless intrigues, schemings and murder scenarios between the wifes of the Sultans and not only…!

Mehmet the Conqueror built the first stage of the palace shortly after the Conquest in 1453. Consists of four main courtyards and the Harem which in Arabic language means…“a holy place that everyone is not allowed to enter”. Moreover, inside the palace there were mosques, a hospital, bakeries and a mint. It was originally called the New Palace, to distinguish from the previous residence and then received the name Topkapi, in the 19th century. Converted into a museum in 1924 and declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985

 

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabache Palace

Dolmabahce is the largest and the most impressive palace in Turkey! Served as the main residence for the Ottoman Sultans, from 1856 to 1922. The palace was ordered by the Empire's 31st Sultan, Abdülmecid I and built between the years 1843 and 1856. Their former residence, Topkapi palace, was lacking in contemporary style, luxury and comfort, so he decided to built a new and modern palace. Located on the banks of Bosphorus, provides amazing views to the city.

A stunning palace which is extensively decorated with gold and crystal while the design contains elements of the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk lived and passed away in the palace and after his death it was converted into a museum. The main palace was built by the leading Ottoman architects of the era, Karabet and Nikogos Balyan and it is consisted of three parts: the State Apartments, the Ceremonial Hall and the Imperial Harem

 

Yildiz Palace

Yildiz Palace

Yildiz Palace is a vast complex of former imperial Ottoman pavilions and considered to be the last architectural example of Turkish Ottoman Palaces. It is located on a hill behind Ciragan Palace, at the Besiktas area inside a big beautiful park, called Yildiz Park. The first pavilion on this site, was built by Sultan Ahmed I, during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificient (1520-1566). The area of the palace was originally made of natural woodlands and became an imperial estate during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617). The main Palace, Yildiz, was used by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II, built in 1880. Many Sultans enjoyed vacationing on these land and Sultans Abdülmecid I and Abdülaziz, also built mansions there. At the end of the 18th century, Sultan Selim III, built Yıldız Pavilion for his mother Sultan Mihrişah and a fountain for his father. Sultan Albulaziz, who stayed at the Yıldız Köşk during summers, added state apartments and more kiosks to the structure.

In tha late 19th century, Sultan Abdülhamid II left Dolmabahçe because he feared a seaside attack on the palace, which is located at the shore of the Bosporus strait and expanded the Yildiz Palace by constructing newbuildings to the palace complex. When he moved there, the palace became the fourth seat of Ottoman government. Nowadays, the Pavilion is a museum which houses objects from the converted carpentry workshop of Sultan Abdülhamid II, as well as exquisite porcelain, vases, and gifts sent to the Sultan

 

Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Palace

In Turkish, Beylerbeyi means "Lord of the Lords"! This wonderful palace, is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, right on the banks of Bosphorus at the Beylerbeyi area. It was built in the 1860s by the orders of Sultan Abdülaziz, as a summer residence and a place of entertaiment for the heads of the state and not only!

The design was made by the brother of Nikogos who was the architect of Dolmabache Palace. Two bathing pavilionx, one for the harem and one for the men, add elements of beauty, especially when you look the palace from the Bosphorus. The reception hall with the pool and a fountain, the elaborately painted and gilded sultan's apartment, the Egyptian reed matting, the Bohemian crystal chandeliers and the carpets, make the Palace even more beautiful! Its last imperial 'guest' was the Sultan Abdül Hamit II, who spent there the last years of his life (1913–1918)

 

Ciragan Palace

Ciragan Palace

This impossing former Ottoman palace, located on the European side of the city and very close to Dolmabache Palace. Built by the order of Sultan Abdülaziz and designed by the architect Nigoğayos Balyanand. The inner walls and the roof were made of wood and the outer walls of colorful marble. The construction and the interior decoration of the palace continued until 1872. After Sultan Abdülâziz's death, his nephew Sultan Murad V, moved into Çırağan Palace, but reigned for only 93 days. He was deposed by his brother Abdülhamid II due to alleged mental illness and lived there under house arrest until his death on August 29, 1904.

It took its name (Ciragan means festival), because of the many fireworks desplayed at the festivals organized at its' gardens. Ciragan Palace is a complex of buildings including the Main Building, the Harem, the Ağalar Dairesi and has an area of 80,000 square meters. Now it is one of the most famous five-star hotels in Istanbul!

 

Kucuksu Palace

Kucuksu Palace

Kucuksu Pavilion, is a small but charming palace, ordered by Sultan Abdulmecid and built by the imperial architect Nikogos Balyan, in the mid-19th century. It is located on the Asian side of the city, at the Beykoz area near the Anadolu Hisari. A summer palace, used by the Ottoman sultans for short stays during country excursions and hunting.

The earlier Sultans, had wooden kiosks there, but the architect Nikoğos Balyan, designed a rococo gem in marble! Its style is European, with exquisite fire places made of Italian marble, fine wood parquet floor, European furniture, crystal chandeliers and mirrors with sultans' Tugra, Hereke carpets, paintings, etc. Since the restoration in 1944, the palace is open to the public as a museum, providing also a small cafeteria

 

Ibrahim Pasha Palace

Ibrahim Pasha Palace

Located in Sultanahmet area, this famous Palace, owned to Ibrahim Pasha, closest friend of the Sultan Suleiman! An Ottoman Imperial residence, situated very close to the Hippodrome of Constantinople and an important example of the 16th century Ottoman architecture. The date of the construction is not certain but it believed to be during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II (1481-1512). Ibrahim Pasha lived at the Palace with his wife, Sultan Suleiman's sister, while serving at the same time as a Grand Vizier until his execution in 1536.

After his murder, the palace served as a residence for other Grand Viziers and functioned also as military quarters, embassy, revenue office, quarters for the Ottoman military band, sewing works and as a prison! Currently, the building hosts the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, having received several awards from the European Council and Unesco

 

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