Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul

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    Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, TR
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  • Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, TR
    Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
  • Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, TR
    Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, TR
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    Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 19, 2013

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    Beylerbeyi, where the Asian pillar of the Bosphorus Bridge sits, is a pleasant district that has been reserved for palaces since the Byzantine era. Beylerbeyi Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1861-1865 on the site of another wooden mansion.

    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.

    Here you can watch my "HD Video" of "Beylerbeyi Palace" ... :
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    The decorations of the facade on the seaside, the well-kept gardens, the hall with a pool in the central section, and the spiral staircase are some of the eye-catching features of the palace.

    At the back of the building there is a large pool, as well as the terraces and the stables, the latter very good examples of their kind.

    Previously, the main road that was used until the 1970's passed through a "tunnel" beneath the palace garden. Two small pavilions on the quay served recreational purposes.

    Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this amazing Palace ... :
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    The palace was also used to accommodate visiting state dignitaries. This palace-museum is open to visitors throughout the year except Mondays and Thursdays.

    Great spot of the city to visit which you can reach to take a boat from "Besiktas" to "Uskudar" and than just in 15 miins by public bus. Enjoy ... :)

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    Beylerbey palace

    by Raimix Updated Feb 8, 2012

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    Beylerbey ("Lord of lords") palace was constructed in 1860s as sultans' summer residence. It was one of the most elegant palaces in Ottoman Empire, place had some famous guests as Empress Eugene of France or Duke Windsor.

    The architecture of palace is typical of that time. It is a combination of Eastern and Western styles. I have seen this palaces from Bosporus - it is said it is the best way to admire it.

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    BEYLERBEYI PALACE

    by Arkeolog Written Feb 19, 2009

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    BEYLERBEYI PALACE &LIDYA

    Ottoman summer palace, called Beylerbeyi, is designed by Balyan Brothers in French neo-baroque style with a traditional Ottoman plan by the order of Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876) . It has a rectangular plan with the long side facing the water and consists of six halls and twenty-four rooms on two floors raised on a service basement. The six halls, three on each floor, are lined up along the longitudinal axis from southwest to northeast. State functions are held in the state apartments (or mabeyn) entered from the southwest, whereas the two halls to the northeast with their surrounding rooms constitute the living quarters or harem, entered from the opposite end of the palace. Both sections are preceded by shady gardens with pine, red-leaf beech, and magnolia trees planted around large oval pools. Although a uniform and symmetrical look has been maintained for the waterfront, a tall wall is used to separate the two gardens behind the palace.

    Empress Eugénie of France (1853-1870), during her visit to Istanbul in 1869, stayed at the Beylerbeyi harem; Emperor Joseph of Austro-Hungary, Shah Nasireddin of Iran, Prince Nicholas of Montenegro and Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden were also hosted at this palace.

    In the garden there are marble-lion n bronze-deer statues signed by P Roulliard n dated 1864

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    Beylerbeyi Palace

    by Heniko Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    In the original wooden palace of Beylerbeyi, which was built by Sultan Mahmut II, his son Sultan Abd?lmecit personally tested the new invention by Samuel Morse, the telegraph, in 1847.He immediately issued a royal patent to Morse, the world's first patent for the telegraph. The palace later burned down, and Sultan Abdulaziz had a new one built in its place by his architect Sarkis Balyan.
    Many famous guests, such as French Empress Eugenie, Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, Persian Shah Nasireddin were received in this palace.
    Sultan Abdulhamid, who had been sent in exile to Salonica, was brought back to Istanbul in 1912 to spend the rest of his life at Beylerbeyi where he died in 1918.

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    Beylerbeyi Palace, a little gem

    by TheTurkishBrit Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    waterside view

    After, or instead of, the grandness of Dolmabahce Palace, hop on a ferry to Uskudar then hail a cab for Beylerbeyi Palace, 10 minutes up the coast and right under the monumental Bosphorus Bridge. This scaled down version of Daddy Dolmabahce sitting across the Bosphorus boasts all the splendour but in pocket size.
    There seems to have been much more of a personal touch from the Sultan in the decor of this palace, it feels like a home, and you almost expect to come across a resident as you walk the corridors. The guided tours in the language of your choice are informative and the guides take great pleasure from answering questions about "their" palace. The view from the jetty across the water is wondrous, the cafe in the garden helps you feel just a little bit as though you could really be living there.

    It is closed on Mondays and Thursdays

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    Beylerbeyi Palace

    by KIZGINdamdakiKedi Written Feb 11, 2005

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    Beylerbeyi Palace

    Beylerbeyi, where the Asian pillar of the Bosphorus Bridge sits, is a pleasant district that has been reserved for palaces since the Byzantine era. Beylerbeyi Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1861-1865 on the site of another wooden mansion. 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 selamhk (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 hall with a pool in the central section, and the spiral staircase are some of the eye-catching features of the palace.

    At the back of the building there is a large pool, as well as the terraces and the stables, the latter very good examples of their kind. Previously, the main road that was used until the 1970's passed through a tunnel beneath the palace garden. Two small pavilions on the quay served recreational purposes. The palace was also used to accommodate visiting state dignitaries. This palace-museum is open to visitors throughout the year.

    Open Hours: Open 09:30-16:00 daily except Monday & Thursday

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    Beylerbeyi Palace

    by Nobbe Written Feb 17, 2003
    Beylerbeyi Palace

    This fascinating palace was built between 1861 amd 1865 by Sultan Abdulaziz. It is the largest and grandest palace of the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It was used as a summe palace.

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