Ciragan Palace, Istanbul
Ciragan palace is a home for Kempinski branch hotel now. In older times, from construction in 1867, it was used as a residence for sultan Abdulaziz. At that time it was popular thing to built separate palace for separate sultans. Anyway, it was not a lucky thing, as Abdulaziz soon died, leaving it to mentally ill relative Abdülhamid II, who had here house-arrest till death in 1904.
It is interesting fact, that after big fire, when only walls left, from 1910 it was used as stadium for football club "Besiktas J. K.".
Ciragan Palace in now a luxurious hotel with beautiful view to the Bosphorus river.
The problem with this hotel is that it is very expensive for normal people (like me).
The most simple room is 380 USD off season and the most expensive room is 9000 USD !.
If you can't afford a room there you must enjoy a cup of coffee on the coffee bar outside with the amazing view.
This 19th century palace, similar though smaller than Dolmabahce has been recently transformed into a 5 stars hotel. It was built with Arabesque and Classical-Ottoman decorative elements.
The old building is reserved for meetings, lunchs... while the rooms are in the modern building.
The last palace to be built for the ruling family, Çırağan Sarayı was designed by the Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan for Sultan Abdülaziz. The striking architecture combines Turkish elements with European, and particularly Venetian, architecture, against the Bosphorus Strait as a backdrop. The palace was completed in 1871 only to be destroyed by a terrible fire in 1910. In recent times, the beautiful structure was meticulously restored and turned into the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel, one of Istanbul's best. Although more modern structures were built next door for the hotel rooms, the most expensive suites are located in the 19th century palace itself. The gardens and the views of the Bosphorus make this palace hotel one of the most beautiful in Istanbul.
Ciragan Palace was burned down in 1910. I use to swim in the shores when I was young of course.The palace, replacing an earlier wooden palace, had been built in 1871 for Sultan Abdulaziz by court architect Serkis Balyan. The construction took four years and cost four million gold pieces. The ceilings and the interior partitions were made of wood, the walls were covered by marble. The columns were superior examples of stonemasonry. The palace was lavishly decorated with rare carpets, gilded pieces and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Like other palaces on the shores of the Bosphorus, the Ciragan had been the venue of various important meetings. Its facades were decorated with colored marbles, it had monumental gates, and it was connected to the Yildiz Palace on the slopes behind it with a bridge. On the landside it was surrounded by high walls. After remaining in ruins for many years, the palace has been renovated and turned into a 5-star seashore hotel with several new additions.I still remember my days when I use to play football in this ground))) good old days ))))
This palace was built by Sultan Abdulaziz in 1861, who ascended the throne after Sultan Abd?lmecit. It was designed by Nikogos Balyan and the construction carried out by Sarkis and Agop Balyan. In 1876, Murat V was placed in house arrest at ciragan on grounds that he was mentally ill and Sultan Abd?lhamid took the throne. Murat lived at ciragan until his death in 1905.
The palace was being used as the house of parliament when it burned down in 1910. Today the restored ciragan Palace is a luxury hotel.
Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453, but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.
During very long sieges, provisions were supplied to the city through sea routes. The Rumeli Fortress was built before the siege in 1453 opposite an earlier Turkish fortress on the other shore to prevent any reinforcements and help to the city from the Black Sea.
The fortress was completed in the amazingly short time of four months in 1452. This largest and strongest fortress of the Middle Ages lost its importance after the fall of the city.
A fine example of classic Turkish military architecture, the fortress adorns the Bosphorus in all its impressiveness.
It was restored in the 1950's and turned into a museum. During the annual Istanbul Festival of Arts, the interior of the fortress is used as an amphitheater. It is best viewed from the Asian shore or from the boats operating on the Bosphorus.
It's a beautiful palace again dressed with an excellent architecture.. Ciragan Palace has a beautiful Bosphorus panorama also.. It has 5 star hotel attacked.. V.I.P. chooses Ciragan.. Lately Bill Clinton was there.. ;)) Hey I started to write as a paparazzi. LOL!!! 8))
There are wedding ceremonies and graduation parties in the garden.. You can rent it..
this picture was taken on a ferry tour along Bosphorus.you see the gorgeous Ciragan Palace beyond.