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Beylerbeyi Palace

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Address: Parte asiatica | a orillas del Bosforo, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 216 321 9320

This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign heads...

This summer residence of the Sultans was also used to house foreign heads of state visiting the Ottoman capital. Several palaces had been built and demolished at this site over the years. The present structure was built between 1861-1865 and has six staterooms and 26 smaller rooms.

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Wonderful Palace

Really Sultans used to live in different life. Big palace with 24 rooms. Many halls, corridors with marvelous decorations. Nice Turkish Hamam facing the sea and beautiful garden... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Doha, Qatar
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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really Sultans used to live in different life. Big palace with 24 rooms. Many halls, corridors with marvelous decorations. Nice Turkish Hamam facing the sea and beautiful garden. We had to wait 30 minutes to get English translation so decided to go with Turkish group and read only. Entrance ticket is TL 20 each.

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Malindi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

For my personal taste Beylerbeyi palace is the best in Istanbul ! It's less touristic , unique location and what is interesting - here you feel more mix of East and West architecture and culture - the chandeliers , the columns , the furniture . Simply the gem !!!

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to visit. We came here as part of a full day organised tour. Stories about the rooms and fittings very interesting. Loved the retro fitted bathroom for Edward 8th. Chandeliers are gorgeous! On a hot day the palace is significantly cooler (catches the sea breeze). It was only lived in for a few months of the year by... More 

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Torquay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful summer palace - not too big to see if short on time - catch the ferry to Uskudar then no 15 bus - use Istanbulcart- best value ticket - widely used on bus tram & some ferrys. Tour inclusive - enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

It was a really good place to see. nice architecture and history. The lord of the lords palace is a must see while on the asian side of istanbul

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The summer rezidence of the sultans, built in the same period as Dolmabahce Palace, is a great place to visit on a sunny day... more cosy, more friendly though. Unfortunately the audio guides are missing, the English tours are just on paper, so try to find out more before you go.

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Rabat, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

this palace is very nice, and its easy to go there you just take the boad from eminunu to uskudar and then you cross the other side there is bus station u take the 15c-15 just ask the driver about the belerby sarayi the stop is just near the palace also you can combine it with the camlica just a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Lovely architecture and excellent history lesson from our tour guide, Erol, made for a wonderful sight seeing episode.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

A kilometre north of Kuzguncuk is the Beylerbeyi Palace, which was commissioned in 1861 by Sultan Abdülaziz. It was used as a summer palace and a residence for foreign dignitaries, Empress Eugenie of France, the Shah of Persia and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, to name but a few, stayed here. The three storey, 30 roomed palace was designed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Just across the Bosphorus, this is a fairly new palace and very under rated, just because it is not on the European side. Had to book a tour and it cost some money, but the palace is fairly modern and it is very well maintained and has great views. It is not as crowded as the other palaces and the... More 

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