"SALE PAVILION @ YILDIZ PALACE" Istanbul Off The Beaten Path Tip by balhannah
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Yildiz Palace, meaning Star palace, built in 1880, is the second biggest palace in Istanbul, was used by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II. In the late 19th century, Sultan Abdulhamid II left Dolmabahce because he feared a seaside attack on the palace, so he expanded the Yildiz Palace.
The sultan?s residence was in the Sale pavilion. The building has two floors and a basement and was constructed in three phases.
The first part was built in the 1870s and was designed to resemble a Swiss chalet, hence the name Sale. Sir 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 Istanbul. It was during this phase that the 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 Sale 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. Abdulhamid II was a skilled carpenter and actually made some of the pieces of furniture that can be found in the Sale Pavilion.
This is another beautiful Palace well worth visiting.
The day I was here was a free admission day.
ADMISSION IN 2009 was 6 t/l Camera fee 15t/l
OPEN DAILY 9.30 - 4PM CLOSED MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS.
ENTRY through Yildiz Park - Barbaros Bulvari, Cirigan Caddesi, Palanga Caddesi Besiktas district
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