Beylerbeyi Palace (Sarayı)
This beautiful palace is located right on the Bosphorus, in the Asian neighborhood of Beylerbeyi, just north of the Bosphorus Bridge. Designed by Ottoman architect Sarkis Balyan (the brother of architect Nikoğos Balyan), the present structure was built between 1861 and 1865 under Sultan Abdülaziz. Beylerbeyi Palace was the summer home of the sultans and a temporary residence for visiting foreign heads of state; it was also where the deposed Sultan Abdülhamid II stayed until his death in 1918.
The three-story palace has more than two dozen rooms, including six state rooms, and is lavishly furnished with exquisite Bohemian crystal chandeliers, as well as French clocks and porcelain vases from Turkey, China, Japan, and France.
Please note that Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
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