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.

Yıldız Palace and park covered an area of 500,000 square metres on the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus between Beşiktaş, Ortaköy and Balmumcu. This area of natural woodland became known as Kazancıoğlu 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 köşk known as Yıldız built here for his mother Mihrişah Valide Sultan. It is after this köşk that the park came to be named.

Selim's successor Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839), Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-1861) and Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876) had new mansions and pavilions constructed in the park, and in the late 19th century Sultan Abdülhamid (1876-1909) abandoned Dolmabahçe to make this complex his home. He greatly expanded the palace with many new buildings during his reign.

Yıldız Palace became the fourth seat of Ottoman government in Istanbul, after Eski Saray (the Old Palace) which stood where Istanbul University is today, Topkapı Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace.

Today the Şale at Yıldız 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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