Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Sarayı

Magnificent Beylerbeyi Palace is situated right along the coastline, it is the former Imperial Ottoman summer residence and one of the most beautiful palaces on the Asian side of Bosphorus. The palace was designed by court dynasty of architects, Balyan, Hagop and Sarkis, under the order of Sultan Abdülaziz. The building of white marble and stone was constructed between 1861 and 1865 in the Neo-Baroque style. Summer residence Beylerbeyi has some specific features and differs from other residences referring to the 19th century, in particular, by the terrace garden and the tunnel which led from the palace to the park (usually bridges were used for such purposes in palaces).

During the winter months Sultans resided in the Dolmabahçe Palace and moved to Beylerbeyi Palace for summer. The place is divided into selamlik (men’s part) and harem (women’s part), has three floors, 26 rooms and 6 ceremonial halls. One of the most attractive rooms is the reception hall, which has a pool and fountain. Basement floor houses storage rooms and the kitchen. The inner adornment of the palace is the mixture of European and Asian styles: charming crystal chandeliers, French clock and china sets from China and Japan. There is fancy furniture upholstered with silk and velvet. The interior design has certain naval features: ceiling of the palace is adorned with naval patterns and ship drawings. Egyptian reed matting was used on the floor as a form of insulation, it protected from humidity in winter, and from heat in summer. Over the matting were placed the rich hand-made rugs including those from Hereke.

Ottoman Sultans received important guests at Beylerbeyi Palace, among them: Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Persian Shah Nasser al-Din, Grand Duke Nikolay of Russia and Empress Eugénie of France, spouse of Napoleon III. Empress Eugénie had a very confusing moment during her visit. She had her face slapped by the Sultan's mother for daring to enter the palace on the arm of Abdülaziz. Despite her initial reception, Empress Eugénie of France was so delighted by the elegance of the palace that she had a copy of the window in the guest room made for her bedroom in Tuileries Palace, in Paris.

Address: Beylerbeyi Mh.
Opening hours: summer Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 9 am – 4 pm, Mon, Thu closed
Coordinates: 41.042665, 29.039964