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  Beylerbeyi Palace
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Near the Bosphorus Bridge, there is one of the palaces called the Beylerbeyi Palace. It's on the Asian side of Istanbul and was Photographed around on the way back. This was a summer palace, built during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz in 1865. There used to be a wooden palace here, built by Mahmut II, but like a lot of wooden buildings in Istanbul, it burned down and was replaced.

Abdulaziz used the palace as his guest quarters, for storing visiting royalty. The list of visiting royalty is long. It includes Empress Eugenie of France, Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, King Nicholas of Montenegro, Shah Nasruddin of Persia, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and King Edward VIII of England. When you walk around the palace, you can see mementoes of some of these visitors. There are paintings on the walls which are gifts from these visitors to the Sultans, and furniture, and other small mementos.

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  • Updated May 19, 2004
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