Historical & Beautiful Palaces & Pavilions in Istanbul

There are many beautiful palaces & pavilions in Istanbul worth a visit on your visit to Istanbul. Palaces are the gorgeous structure that where the Ottoman Sultans have lived and they are being visited by thousands of tourists every day. Here, we put together the most important and beautiful palaces and pavilions in Istanbul that worth a visit and see during your Istanbul stay.


Topkapi Palace in Sultanahmet

One of world’s richest museums, is a magnificent oriental palace and one of the world’s greatest architectural works. It was the residence of the Ottoman sultans as well as the administrative and educational center of the Empire. It houses the finest samples of seal, book binding, jewelry and box craftsmanship as well as inscriptions. The Treasury has a breathtaking and excellent collection of jewels such as emeralds, rubies and diamonds adorn turban crests, swords, golden thrones embroidered with seed pearls. And finally comes the famous Harem, the private part of the palace where the wives and concubines of the sultans were lived. Continue reading…

Dolmabahce Palace in Besiktas

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Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most visited sights in Istanbul that was built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecit in the year 1853. Located on the banks of the Bosphorus, the palace has an impressive look with white marbles and with a basic European baroque style architecture with oriental touches. The interior of the palace is decorated in a manner that reflects the grandeur of the epoch. Continue reading…

Yildiz Palace in Besiktas

Yildiz Palace is a beautiful one located on the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus between Besiktas, Ortakoy and Balmumcu, and covers an area of 500,000 m2. The Palace consists of 19th century pavilions, kiosks and villas that are set in beautiful gardens. Location >>

Ciragan Palace in Besiktas

Located between Besiktas and Ortakoy, Ciragan Palace is a famous one and attracts people’s attention with its striking beauty like Dolmabahce Palace. The palace was completed in 1974 during the era of Sultan Abdulaziz. Today, the Ciragan Palace serves as a luxury hotel and hosts various events. Breakfast is also available every Sunday. However a bit pricey. Location >>

Beylerbeyi Palace in Beylerbeyi

Beylerbeyi Palace was built in 1865 and located just by the Bosphorus Asian shores, under the Bosphorus bridge, in a beautiful environment. Beylerbeyi is different from other Ottoman palaces by means of its terraced gardens on the hillside backwards. There are cafes and tourist shops on its garden. Continue reading…


Ihlamur Pavilion in Besiktas

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Located in the Ihlamur valley, between Yildiz and Nisantasi neighborhoods lying behind the back hills of Besiktas, the Ihlamur Pavilion is one of the most beautiful pavilions of Istanbul with a spectacular structure. We recommend you to visit Ihlamur Pavilion which has been used by Sultan Ahmed III as a private garden and have a nice breakfast in its cafe. Location >>

Maslak Pavilion in Maslak

Maslak Pavilion is located on the Buyukdere street, between Istinye and Tarabya joints of Maslak. Having a late 19th century Ottoman architecture, it is set in a green wooded park covering an area of 170,000 m2, and has a beautiful view over Bosphorus strait. Location >>

Kucuksu Pavilion in Kandilli

Kucuksu Pavilion is a pretty pavilion located nearby the Anadolu Fort, by the Bosphorus Asian shores. It was built in 1857, and was designed for the short stays of the Ottoman Sultans, who were away from the imperial residence for hunting in the woodland here. Location >>

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