Le Fumoir is a luxurious restaurant situated in the middle of the lush gardens of Ciragan Palace Kempinski. Ciragan Palace is the last palace built by the Ottoman Empire for the royal family, but the main building was destroyed in a fire in 1910. It stayed in its ashes until its restoration 1990s, with an addition of a modern hotel in it. Then it got converted into a luxurious hotel, having Le Fumoir in the middle of it. It is one of the most elegant places in whole city.
If you are around the Ciragan area, you may want to participate in our Dolmabahce Palace Tour. In Dolmabache Palace & Two Continents tour, we welcome you to the recent residence of the Ottoman Dynastyand the royal family. Dolmabahce Palace was used as the main residence for running state affairs, it also served as the living place of the Sultan and the royal family from 1856 to 1887 and 1909 to 1922. It is the final Palace of the Ottoman Empire, ordered by Abdulmecid I. It took 13 years to build this breath-taking Palace and the construction cost was 35 tons of gold. In total, Dolmabahce Palace was home to 5 different sultans of the Ottoman Empire and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, also lived and governed the Republic for a brief period, until he moved the capital to Ankara. This is also where Ataturk died in 1938 at 09.05, and in order to honor his memory, all clocks are stopped at 09.05 at Dolmabahce Palace. There you will also encounter the magnificent view of the Bosphorus and the Bosphorus Bridge. Next, we will go to Camlıca Hill, one of the seven hills of Istanbul. Camlıca hill offers a one in a lifetime opportunity to watch the sun go down over Bosphorus and Marmara Sea.
On your visit to Istanbul, we encourage you to visit Archeology Museum, a museum awarded as the museum of the year by the European Council! Archeology Museum consists three main units: the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, the Ancient Orient Museum and Tiled Kiosk Museum. It embraces more than 1 million historical artifacts from Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman eras and more. The Archeology Museum was founded in 1891 under the name of Imperial Museum, under the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II and commissioned by the famous archeologist, painter and curator Osman Hamdi. Archeology museum holds countless historical artifacts from these different eras like the Sarcophagies of Alexander the Great and King Tabnit. These were unearthed from Lebanon and brought back to Istanbul. The main building was designed and built by the famous architect Alexandre Vallaury. Our guide will escort and inform you in this unique museum, and you will have the joy of discovering ancient relics, art, religious items. One of the most interesting items being exhibited are chains of the Golden Horn. This chain was used as a barricade by Byzantine Empire to prevent Istanbul’s conquest by Mehmet. You will also see first examples of an ancient clock, dated back to 1stcentury B.C., this clock made of red stone and has 12 equally distant lines on it. It is amazing to see the journey of time keeping and this emphasizes the importance of time even on ancient eras. Archeology museum is also the home of Hammurabi’s codes. Hammurabi was the sixth king of first Babylonian dynasty, and his world-famous codes of law were written on a 2.23m long stela. Even though some parts of these mesmerizing codes are lost or broken, this still holds a light upon the development of governmental and civil laws of an ancient society and gives us insight on bases of our laws today. The oldest love poem known is also exhibited in Archeology Museum. Approved by Guinness Record Committee, this poem was written around 2037 B.C. History you will find in the Archeology Museum wouldn’t fit here, so if you are interested in story of the humankind, you should visit and observe these peerless artifacts. Our guides will help you in this unique journey and detail whatever you wish to learn!