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Istanbul Travel Guide

Yildiz Palace

Yildiz Palace The second largest palace of Istanbul, the Yildiz Palace, was constituted in the 19th century under the government of Sultan Abdülhamid II (who lived from 1876 to1909). The sultan, after fearing a seaside attack on the Dolmabahçe Palace, expanded the Summer Palace that Sultan Selim III made for his mother, Mihrisah Valide Sultan, and turned it into the fourth and last seat of the Ottoman Government. For this task, Sultan Abdülhamid II, recruited the renowned Italian architect, Raimondo D'Aronco, to make its extension.

The Yildiz Palace now covers an area of 500,000 square meters in the district of Besiktas, offering some of the few green areas left on the city. Its name means Star Palace, and the complex currently portrays:
  • The State Apartments (Büyük Mabeyn)
  • The Sale Pavilion
  • The Malta Pavilion
  • The Çadir Pavilion
  • The Yildiz Theater and Opera House
  • The Yildiz Palace Museum
  • The Imperial Porcelain Factory
  • The Yildiz Palace Gardens
  • A bridge connecting the Yildiz Palace with the Çiragan Palace

Visiting information

  • From October to February, it opens:
    • Daily from:9:30am to 4pm

  • From March to September, it opens:
    • Daily from:9:30am to 5pm

  • It closes all year:
    • On Mondays & Thursdays

  • The palace is located between Ortakoy, Balmumcu and Besiktas, overlooking the Bosphorus.
  • Admission Fee: (Turkish Lira – TRY)
    • Standard Price: 5 TL

  • Its contact information is:
    • Phone number: (+90)212 276 10 22

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