Places to visit in Istanbul. Things to do in Istanbul. Palaces in Istanbul.
Istanbul has been the capital city of some of the most powerful empires of the history since its foundation. Therefore, you can visit many palaces in Istanbul or traces of the palaces, from these empires which left their remarks in this magnificient city, individually or taking tours in Istanbul.
Most of the palaces in Istanbul today are from the Ottoman period because earlier ones were either destroyed, transformed after the conquest or damaged by the destructive earthquakes throughout the centuries.
Palaces in Istanbul : Ottoman Period
- Old Palace First Ottoman palace built after the conquest of the city located in Beyazıt on the grounds of the Istanbul University today.
- Topkapı Palace Most popular Ottoman palace built by Mehmet II (Conquerer) between 1466 and 1478 on top of a hill dominating the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. The palace was used as the heart of the empire between 15th and 19th century until the Dolmabahçe Palace was built in Kabataş, Beşiktaş.
- Dolmabahçe Palace The most magnificent palace in Istanbul built in 1856 by the imperial architects Garabet and Nikogos Balyan by the order of Sultan Abdulmecid I. The palace is located in Kabataş coast that was filled in and converted into a nice garden before the palace was built, as the name of the palace refers to (Dolmabahçe, filled garden).
- Beylerbeyi Palace A summer palace located in Beylerbeyi on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, built by the imperial architects Sarkis and Agop Balyan between 1861 and 1865 by the order of Sultan Abdulaziz. The palace was designed in French neo-baroque style with a traditional Ottoman house plan.
- Çırağan Palace Another palace built during the reign of Sultan Abdulmecid I, located on the European shores of the Bosphorus between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy. The Çırağan Palace was the last palace built by the Ottoman Empire.
- Yıldız Palace A summer palace located in the woods (Yıldız parkı) between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy.
- İbrahim Paşa Palace
- Adile Sultan Palace
- Feriye Palaces
Palaces in Istanbul : Byzantine Period
- Great Palace The most important and largest Byzantine palace built in Sultanahmet area today by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. You can visit the Mosaic Museum and see the floor mosaics.
- Tekfur Palace Also known as Constantine Porphyrogenetus Palace located at the Kariye Neighbourhood near the Chora Church Museum.
- Blakherna Palace A summer residence built near the Golden Horn.
- Bryas Palace A summer residence built in the 9th century on the Asian side near Küçükyalı today.
- Manganoi (Mangana) Palace Located inside the Topkapi Palace walls between Sirkeci – Cankurtaran stations.
- Reghion Palace A summer palace built by Theodosius I in Küçükçekmece district on the ancient Via Egnazia Road to Rome
- Iukundianae Palace A summer palace located between Yenimahalle – Bakırköy area along the Sea of Marmara.
- Magnaura Palace A summer palace located between Yenimahalle – Bakırköy area along the Sea of Marmara.
- Myrelaion Palace A summer residence located between Aksaray and Laleli districts.
- Boukoleon Palace A summer residence near Çatladıkapı neighbourhood between Sirkeci and Florya.
- Damatrys Palace A summer residence and hunting pavilion built in Samandıra neighbourhood near Yakacık on the Asian side.
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