The Çırağan Palace


Striking people with admiration who switch to Ortaköy from Beşiktaş either by highway or seaway thanks to its splendid architecture, Çırağan Palace stands among the constructions that people visiting Istanbul speak highly of.

The deluxe construction that catches your eye just on the right side while you are on your way to Ortaköy from Beşiktaş is the prominent Çırağan Palace. Having a very distinctive architecture indeed, Çırağan Palace is ranked among unforgettable Istanbul-related masterpieces for visitors.

The most outstanding places of Bosphorus during the reign of the Ottoman State were reserved to the sultan and his family and also to the senior officers of the palace as a land for villa and palace construction. Being a representative of this tradition, Çırağan Palace that was constructed in 1861 when Sultan Abdülaziz ascended the throne appears as one of the most valuable buildings embellishing the coasts of the Bosphorus.

The most note-worthy section of the palace is its linkage to the Yıldız Palace by means of a bridge located on its back ridges. Rooms in the palace that hosts pedestals that are one of the nicest examples of stone embroidery were embellished with valuable carpets and furniture as well as golden gilts and nacre-coated needlework. Facades of the palace were made of colored marbles. Decorations on splendiferous doors were quite conspicuous. Exposed to a fire in 1909, the palace was then restored. It is employed as a five-star hotel today.

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