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Yıldız Palace
Yıldız Palace
(Turkish: Yıldız Sarayı, IPA: [jɯɫˈdɯz saɾaˈjɯ]) is a vast complex of former imperial Ottoman pavilions and villas in Istanbul, Turkey, built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was used as a residence by the Sultan and his court in the late 19th century.


1 Origin 2 Layout

2.1 State apartments 2.2 Şale Kiosk 2.3 Malta Kiosk 2.4 Çadır Kiosk 2.5 Yıldız Theater and Opera House 2.6 Yıldız Palace
Yıldız Palace
Museum 2.7 Imperial Porcelain Factory

3 Present use 4 See also 5 References 6 Literature 7 External links

Origin[edit] Yıldız Palace, meaning "Star Palace", was built in 1880 and was used by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II.[1] The area of the palace was originally made of natural woodlands and became an imperial estate during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617). Various sultans after Ahmed I enjoyed vacationing on these lands and Sultans Abdülmecid I and Abdülaziz
built mansions here. In the late 19th century, Sultan Abdülhamid II
Abdülhamid II
left Dolmabahçe Palace Dolmabahçe because he feared a seaside attack on the palace, which is located at the shore of the Bosporus strait. He expanded the Yıldız Palace
Yıldız Palace
and ordered the renowned Italian architect Raimondo D'Aronco to build new buildings to the palace complex. When he moved there, the palace became the fourth seat of Ottoman government (the previous ones were the Eski Saray Old Palace in Edirne, and the Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace
Topkapı and Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palaces in Istanbul. Layout[edit] The palace is a complex of buildings including the State Apartments Büyük Mabeyn, Şale Pavilion, the Malta Pavilion, the Çadır Pavilion, the Yıldız Theater and Opera House, the Yıldız Palace Museum, and the Imperial Porcelain Factory. The Yıldız Palace Gardens are also a popular public site among the residents of Istanbul. A bridge connects the Yıldız Palace
Yıldız Palace
with the Çırağan Palace on the Bosporus through this garden. State apartments[edit] Government officials working for Abdülhamid II
Abdülhamid II
had their offices in this building. Şale Kiosk[edit]

Şale Kiosk

The sultan’s residence was in the Şale Kiosk or pavilion. The building has two floors and a basement and constructed from a mix of wood and stone. It was constructed in three phases. The first part was built in the 1870s and was designed to resemble a Swiss chalet, hence the name Şale. Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle were among the visitors to this part of the palace. The second section was added in 1889 to accommodate Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was the first foreign monarch to visit Constantinople. It was during this phase that the Sedefli Salon Mother-of-Pearl Salon was added. The name derives from the extensive use of mother-of-pearl that covered almost all of its surfaces. There are also detailed painted landscapes on the ceiling. The third section was also built for Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898. The reception chamber was built during this period and remains the most impressive room in the entire Şale Pavilion. There is a single carpet on the floor that has an area greater than 400 square meters and was hand woven by 60 weavers. Elegant features of the chamber include a gilded, coffered ceiling and large mirrors. Abdülhamid II
Abdülhamid II
was a skilled carpenter and actually made some of the pieces of furniture that can be found in the Şale Pavilion. Malta Kiosk[edit]

Malta Kiosk

The Malta Kiosk is a pavilion located in Yıldız Park
Yıldız Park
to the north side of the wall separating Yıldız Palace. There are also two watching and resting pavilions in the grove being the rear garden of Çırağan Palace
Çırağan Palace
from the Abdül Aziz I period. The origin of the name is not certain: during the Ottoman era certain parts of palaces were called after the names of conquered places or important battles, so this name is given after the Siege of Malta 1565 siege of Malta. The trial of Midhat Pasha took place in a tent behind the pavilion. Çadır Kiosk[edit]

Çadır Kiosk

It was built by Sultan Abdülaziz
(1861–76), who used them as prisons. Today it houses a café and restaurant. Yıldız Theater and Opera House[edit] Built by Sultan Abdülhamid II
Abdülhamid II
in 1889, it has stars on its domed ceiling, a reference to the name of the Yıldız Palace, which means Star Palace. Because no one was allowed to have his back to the sultan, the positioning of the sultan’s balcony box meant that the first row seats were never used. Yıldız Palace
Yıldız Palace
Museum[edit] This used to be Abdülhamid II’s carpentry workshop and is now used to display art and objects from the palace. Imperial Porcelain Factory[edit]

Yıldız Porcelain Factory

Opened in 1895, the factory was constructed to meet the demand of the upper classes for European-style ceramics. The bowls, vases and plates it produced often pictured idealized scenes of the Bosphorus. The building has an interesting appearance in that it resembles a European medieval castle. Present use[edit] After the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
ended, the palace was used as a luxury casino before being converted into a guest house for visiting heads of state and royalty. Today it is a museum and its gardens can be used for private receptions, such as the Istanbul
Antiques Fair at the Silahhane (Armoury) Hall, which usually takes place in November. The Istanbul
office of the OIC
is also located within the Yıldız Palace. In Our days, in the museum are organized ceramic or porcelain art exhibitions as Yildiz İbram's 'Ottoman Caftans' ceramic exhibition organized between 1 November-1 December 2013 under the auspices of the 135 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey, creating a nice ambiance in a unique atmosphere and compatibility regarding the historical past of the palace. The palace is in the Beşiktaş
district of Istanbul
and is open daily from 9:30 to 16:00, except on Mondays and Thursdays, from October to February; and between 9:30 to 17:00 from March to September. See also[edit]

Yıldız Clock Tower Yıldız Hamidiye Mosque Bülent Güngör


Eyewitness Travel Guides: Istanbul. 124-125 Points from Turkey


Önder Küçükerman, Nedret Bayraktar, Semra Karakaţli. Yıldız Porcelain in National Palaces Collection. TBMM, Istanbul, 1998. Vahide Gezgör, Feryal Irez. Yıldız Palace
Yıldız Palace
Chalet Kasr-ı Hümayunu. TBMM, Istanbul, 1993.

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