Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Beylerbeyi Palace – Istanbul

Beylerbeyi Palace – Istanbul
Beylerbeyi Palace – Istanbul
Throughout the reigns of Sultan Abdulaziz and Abdülhamid II, a myriad of European sovereigns and dignitaries visited Beylerbeyi Palace. Later, during the reign of Abdülhamid II, the palace became a private museum, along with Dolmabahçe Palace and the Imperial Treasury of Topkapi Palace. Guests for these museums could only visit with special permission from the Sultan.

After Abdülhamid  dethronement, exile, and return to Istanbul, he was given a compulsory residence back at Beylerbeyi Palace. He lived there for six years, until his death in 1918. During the early years of the Turkish Republic, foreign guests continued to be entertained at Beylerbeyi Palace along with the country’s first prime minister, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Outside the palace, visitors will find a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. The well kept garden, statues, trees, and outside tables surround a fountain that is home to a plethora of lily pads and a pair of busy ducks.

Daily 09:00 - 17:00
Mondays and Thursdays Closed
Admission: 20 TL
The interior of the palace can only be visited by a guided tour that takes betwen 20-30 minutes.
There are tours in English and Turkish regularly throughout the day.

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