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Dolmabahce Clock Tower, Istanbul, TR ...

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Saat Kulesi) is a clock tower situated outside Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul ...

The tower was ordered by Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (1842–1918) and designed by the court architect Sarkis Balyan between 1890 and 1895.

The clock tower was added to Dolmabahce Palace and stands in front of its Treasury Gate on a square along the European waterfront of Bosphorus next to Dolmabahce Mosque. Designed in Ottoman neo-baroque style, the four-sided, four-story tower stands on a floor area of 8.5 × 8.5 m (28 × 28 ft) at a height of 27 m (89 ft).

Its clock was manufactured by the renowned French clockmaker house of Jean-Paul Garnier, and installed by the court clock master Johann Mayer. In 1979, the original mechanical clock was converted partly to an electrical one. On two opposite sides of the tower, the tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II is put on.

The Dolmabahce Clock Tower is just at the sea, Bosphorus, where u can seat in open air at the cafes and enjoy ur tea or coffee w a wonderful view of Bosphorus Bridge, strongly recommended ... :)

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Mar 07, 2012

Sogukcesme Street Houses, Istanbul, TR

"Sogukcesme Street is a small street with "historic houses" in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, sandwiched in-between the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

The car-free zone street is named after the fountain situated at its end towards Gulhane Park.
The wooden, two or three-storey Ottoman houses consisting of four to ten rooms date to the 19th to 20th century, and have been restored with the initiative of Celik Gulersoy in 1985-1986.

Called "Ayasofya Konaklari" (Hagia Sophia Mansions), nine of the houses are run as a hostel chain by the Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey (TTOK). The houses are named after the flower shrubs next to them as "Yaseminli Ev" (Jasmine House), "Mor Salkimli Ev" (Wisteria sinensis House), "Hanımeli Ev" (Honeysuckle House) etc. The buildings are decorated in the 19th century style with furniture including such items as beds and consoles, silk curtains, velvet armchairs and gilded mirrors. Most notable guest of the hostel was Queen Sofía of Spain, who stayed in the spring of 2000 for four nights.

The birthplace of Turkey's 6th president Fahri Koruturk (1903–1987) is also situated in this street. One of the houses hosts the library "İstanbul Kitapligi" with over 10,000 books about Istanbul owned by the Celik Gulersoy Foundation.

On one end of the street towards Gulhane Park is a Byzantine cistern, which houses the "Sarnic Restaurant" today.

After visiting the area, u can walk down and reach the Bosphorus or walk up to reach the Sultanahmet area to see more on Historical Sites .... :)

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Jul 10, 2013

French street in Istanbul.

Newly dressed up and detailed with Paris style decorations street is ready for citizens and visitors.
Location: Beyoglu : underneath the tram road theres many tasty small restaurants antique shops expecially antique toy shops are located in this peninsula and I am recommanding to the friends and visitors....

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May 04, 2004

Hamamzade Ismail Dede Efendi Evi

Down the hill from Blue Mosque, towards the sea of Marmara you can visit the home of Dede Efendi, a famous composer of music for the dancing dervishes. His house is a restored turco-ottoman house from the 18th century. There are just a few rooms with little decoration and with wooden ceilings. Sufi music is played in the background.
Dede Efendi worked for the sultan Selim III. After the sultans death, the death of his mother and the death of his son he ended his service at court and wrote his masterpices at home.

Entrance fee is 1 000 000 TL.

Take a walk in the neighbourhood as well.

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Jun 25, 2004
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Comodo Steps..Another Istanbul story.

Istanbul used to be the home of many Italian families like Comodos..They came to Istanbul in early 1500s , became very powerful in banking in 1800s and left their hometown in 1920s...This is the Comodo Steps which were built by the family in 19th century.
Location: Bankalar Caddesi,Karakoy..Very close to Galata Tower.

Mar 02, 2004

Old houses indeed......

You will certainly see plenty of wooden houses if you wander the streets of Cankurtaran, a few minutes' walk downhill from Ayia Sofia, and in 2015 I saw plenty more in the streets around Suleymaniye mosque.

I have to say these wooden houses astonished me: the sheer dilapidation of so many, the weird angles at which they still manage to stand.and the fact that they are still very much inhabited (quite a lot have satellite dishes).

I loved them. They are something unique to Istanbul, something which gives it a very special character...though I'm not sure I'd enjoy living in them.

It's well worth taking an hour or so just to wander the streets and enjoy this unique aspect of the city.

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Oct 01, 2015


THE AFIF AHMET PASA YALI............Photo 1

This mansion was built in the Neo Baroque by the architect of the Pera Palas Hotel.
When AGATHA CHRISTIE visited Istanbul to write her novel “Murder on the Orient Express”, she was a guest in this mansion.


This mansion was bought by the son of Sultan Abdulhamit II in 1911, therefore, carries his name. It has 64 rooms and it is one of the biggest yalis on the Bosphorus. It includes a large wooden house in the back garden.
Its estimated value is 60 million US dollars.

THE SAIT HALIM PASA YALI............Photo 3
This mansion which has a Neo Classical architectural style, burnt down in recent years. It was later renovated by the Turkish State. Its original owner Sait Halim Pasa was a Grand Vizier in the Ottoman Palace for five years. Later he was exiled to Malta, and was assassinated in in Rome 1921.

THE FAIK VE BEKIR BEY YALI................Photo 4

This mansion was designed in 1906 by the famous architect, Raimondo D'Aronco. As it was built for the twin daughters of Sultan Sara, it was also called the “twins' mansion”. Immediately beside the port of Yenikoy whose ancient name is Neopolis, the building was later sold in two seperate parts. They were called Faik Bey Yalisi and Bekir Bey Yalisi, respectively.


Abdulhamit II, (Red Sultan) grew up in this mansion. He later gave it as a present to Kaiser Wilhelm against his acceptance of re-establishing the navy of the Ottoman Empire. These buildings have an orchard of approximately 45 acres, and it is one of the greenest spots in the Bosphorus.

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Dec 05, 2009



Located in Cengelkoy, this mansion was famous for its interior decorations and for its very high value. The original owner, Sultan Abdu lhamit II, was exiled and later committed suicide.


In 1390, Yildirim Beyazit built Anadoluhisari, which is the castle on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. This was the narrowest part of the Bosphorus and he built it intending to capture Istanbul easily. The Komodor Remzi Bey Yali was built next to and it was rebuilt in 1917.

THE ETHEM PERTEV YALI...........Photo 3

The famous cosmetic cream, Krem Pertev, was produced in the 1960's by one of the early pharmacists of Turkey, Ethem Pertev. He was born in 1871, and is the second owner of this mansion also known as Sarayli Hanim Yali. After the death of Ethem Bey, his children continued to run his pharmacy in Aksaray, and sold the mansion in 1932 to a ship's captain. Built in the Art Nouveau architectural style, this house has been successfully renovated in recent years.


Zarif Mustafa Pasa Yali is one of the most beautiful and valuable mansions on the Bosphorus. It was purchased by Kani Bey, the coffee magnate of Sultan Mahmut II in 1800's. When the yali was originally built, it was composed of three sections: the Harem, the Selamlik and the Boat-house. It was originally three times bigger than its present size. In 1848, it became the property of Zarif Mustafa Pasa. The mansion was built on the ruins of a Byzantine monastery. The Ayazma (sacred water source) of the monastery is still in its garden.

THE YAGCI SEFIK BEY YALI.............Photo 5

In the place of Yagci Sefik Bey Yali, there was an earlier mansion belonging to Cemile Sultan, the sister of Sultan Abdulhamit II. In 1905, Sefik Bey, a successful businessman and also the founder of Association of the Naval Fleet, built this magnificient yali. The larger of the two parts of the house is the Haremlik - reserved for women, and the smaller building is the Selamlik – reserved for men. As you travel towards Cubuklu from South to north, you see the 7-8 Hasan Pasa Yali and the Rasim Pasa Yali, recently turned into a boutique hotel.

All of these you get to see on your trip up the Bosphorus, so look out for them!

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Aug 04, 2009

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At Yenikoy, there are beautiful 19th century yalis (mansions) that line the waterfront of this old Village. The village was invaded by the Cossacks who crossed the Black Sea in 1624.

Since their construction in the late 17th century, Princes, Sultans, aristocrats of the era, and even the wealthy all have staked their claim along the waterway to erect these opulent summer abodes.
Foreign heads of state and ministers have been entertained here with lavish feasts. Once inside, these mansions reveal a floor plan inherited in part from traditional Turkish abodes, with a center salon - or sofa. The center salon contained a fountain to acclimatize its residents during the hot summer months.

Antonio Lasciac, in 1899 designed and constructed Sait Halim Pasha's pink marble palace (now a Hotel) located on the upper European shore of the Bosphorus.

Now days, the newer yali's have become larger and more elaborate, with some yali's now pricey boutique hotels, open-air restaurants and glitzy cafes. One of the best in this category in Asia has to be the A'jia Hotel, a totally renovated 19th century yali that offers state-of-the-art rooms.

Others have been transformed into sumptuous apartment rentals

Owning a slice of waterfront heaven along the Bosphorus will set one back by about $5,000
to $10,000 per square meter.

All of these you get to see on your trip on the Bosphorus, so look out for them!


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Dec 05, 2009

Aynalikavak Mansion

If you visit Istanbul, you can spare one complete day to the places on the shores of Golden Horn. You can have a trip to this mansion and afterwards Koc museum and last Miniaturk.. As all these places are near to each other, you can complete them in one day..

Aynalikavak mansion is one of the of the beaten paths in Istanbul, its a remaining building from a large Ottoman palace known as Aynalikavak Palace or Tersane palace, dating back to the 17th century. This pretty building on the shore or the Golden Horn is a reminder that this now built-up area was for centuries a place parks, meadows and streams where the Ottoman sultans and before them the Byzantines came for country excursions.

You can have a full info of the mansion from the below web address..

The Mansion is just after the shipyard at the golden Horn. When you reach the golden horn you will see the Shipyard and when you move inside the golden horn, you will reach the Aynalikavak mansion

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Apr 04, 2011

Ottoman Houses

In the neighborhood behind the University you can find a quarter with those typical ottoman wooden houses. Many of them are being restored
It traditionally has an upper gallery and an optional stair to the entrance. Many of them have been destroyed in the frequent fires in the past.

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May 08, 2003

Camondo Stairs, Istanbul, TR

"Camondo Stairs" in Istanbul constructed by Camondo Family circa 1870-1880.

Legend has it that the family had the stairs built so that their kids could take a shortcut on their way to school. No matter what its intention, this art-nouveau piece contributes greatly to the urban fabric of Karakoy and provides a stylish hike up towards the Galata Tower as well as a great set for your Istanbul photos.

Part of the Sephardic community in Spain, the Camondo family settled in Venice after the 1492 Spanish decree that ordered the expulsion of all Jews who refused conversion to Catholicism. There, some of its members became famous for their scholarship and for the services which they rendered to their adopted country. Following the Austrian takeover of Venice in 1798, members of the Camondo family established themselves in İstanbul. Despite the many restrictions and sumptuary laws imposed on all minorities, the family flourished as merchants in the business section at Galata at the outskirts of the city. They branched into finance in 1802 with the founding of their own bank.

Located at the Karakoy district, just on the Bankalar Street entrance on your right handside ... :)

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May 02, 2013

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