Yildiz Palace in Besiktas, Yildiz, Istanbul

Yildiz Palace is located in Yildiz, Besiktas and consists of many 19th century pavilions, kiosks & villas set in a beautiful garden overlooking the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Yildiz Palace is one of the best palaces in Istanbul worth a visit and see.

Y─▒ld─▒z Palace and park covered an area of 500,000 square metres on the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus between Be┼čikta┼č, Ortak├Ây and Balmumcu. This area of natural woodland became known as Kazanc─▒o─člu Park after the Turkish conquest, and probably became an imperial estate during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617).

Sultan Murad IV (1623-1640) is known to have enjoyed excursions here, and Selim III (1789-1807) had a country pavilion or k├Â┼čk known as Y─▒ld─▒z built here for his mother Mihri┼čah Valide Sultan. It is after this k├Â┼čk that the park came to be named.

Selim's successor Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839), Sultan Abd├╝lmecid (1839-1861) and Sultan Abd├╝laziz (1861-1876) had new mansions and pavilions constructed in the park, and in the late 19th century Sultan Abd├╝lhamid (1876-1909) abandoned Dolmabah├že to make this complex his home. He greatly expanded the palace with many new buildings during his reign.

Y─▒ld─▒z Palace became the fourth seat of Ottoman government in Istanbul, after Eski Saray (the Old Palace) which stood where Istanbul University is today, Topkap─▒ Palace and Dolmabah├že Palace.

Today the ┼×ale at Y─▒ld─▒z Palace is open to the public as a museum-palace, and private receptions are held in its gardens.

Opening hours: open btwn 09.00-16.00 except Monday and Tuesday

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