Summer and guest palace in Istanbul

by Leena Kauppinen August. 29, 2010 1267 views

I will publish now many posts from our Black Sea cruise.
Of course we visited mostly glorious historical places, it was the organized journey, not much free time for seeing other views.

My first “views around the Black Sea” is HERE [photoblog.com] I will continue now publishing more from our cruise starting by photos about a summer palace in Istanbul.


Bosporus is separating and joining European and Asian Istanbul.
“The Bosporus or Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait, is a strait that forms the boundary between the European part (Rumelia) of Turkey and its Asian part (Anatolia). The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea). It is approximately 30 km long with a maximum width of 3,700 metres.”, tells Wikipedia.

This Dolmabahce Palace is seen on the European shore of Bosporus. But we did not go there.
There you could find 285 rooms, 43 halls,280 vases, 156 clocks, 58 crystal candlesticks and 36 chandeliers of Bohemian, Venetian, French and English crystal., 4500 sq.m. of handwoven silk“Hereke carpets”, 6 balcons and 6 baths. One of them is the marble Bathroom Suiter of the sultan,where the walls of two rooms are sheathed with alabaster panels from Egypt.
To furnish the interior and decorate the rooms, 14 tons of gold and 40 tons of silver were used. The construction of the palace cost 5 million gold coins, which is now the equivalent of about 500 million US dollars.
This was the palace, where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ( Father of Turks )also lived occasionally and his death room is there too.

Instead we went to see a small summer and guest palace on the Asian part of Bosporus.

This “small summer cottage” is the brown building, which has a little green area near it, it is a small garden.

Violets welcomed us.

This decorative house has been for visitors, who were waiting for boats.

So many other were going to see the palace that day, it was Saturday.

The palace was ready in 1865. It`s decorated with ornaments in the Oriental baroque form with classic motives.
French and Turkish artists created the ceiling decorations. Japanese vases and Bohemian crystal chandeliers are everywhere.


Sultan Abdulaziz and his architect “Balian” has made very decorative planning, I have to say.

During waiting we could look around outside :)

Just a gate to the shore and near the water of Bosporus.

Then we started slowly to get inside the building. . .

I could have spent hours only in this staircase clicking by my camera :)

The floors are covered with straw mats from Egypt to protect against humidity.

The ceilings got my neck aching - they were incredible.
Russian Aywazowsky has made some paintings of ships to the biggest rooms.

How many working hours did all this take?

I was looking at those chandeliers and thinking and looking at them again, what kind was a logistics in those days :)

One of those six halls.

Ceilings were quite differently decorated in every room.

This “small palace” consists 24 rooms and 6 halls.

Which chandelier was your favourite ?

I think, I could get a good sleep in this room with that more simple chandelier :)

And then more basic room, a bathroom with view.

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