Yildiz Park

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Yildiz Park
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Iman Z
Doha, Qatar94 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
I have been to Istanbul three times before and I never knew about Yildiz park until my fourth visit. I only found out about it because I was looking for a beautiful park to spend some time in and I stumbled upon this park. I was amazed if how beautiful it was, the landscape is amazing. The serenity and the peaceful feeling that overcomes you is wonderful. The park is place on a hill so there’s a lot of slops to walk up, but believe me it’s all worth it. I didn’t get to see the full park, but I am planning to next time I’m in Istanbul. If I was a resident of Istanbul I would want to visit the park every day. An absolute heaven on earth.
Written July 30, 2021
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Istanbul1 contribution
I live right next to Yildiz Park and I'm there like every other day. It's great if you want to escape the noisy and busy Istanbul for some hours.
Here is what you can do/find there:
- there is a lake in the middle of the park, with a high fountain and you can also feed the ducks! great place for taking pictures
- fitness!! they have recently installed 2 fitness places with lots of machines, one of these places is right near the lake; they are outdoors and free!
- the park is really big, green and clean, there are usually seasonal flowers all around, it's great for walking, jogging
- there is an old mansion that you can visit - amazing interior decorations from the previous centuries, it was used by royalties Must see if you visit the park!
- there are benches and you can also sit on the grass - it's ideal for picnics
- there are at least 3 restaurants in the park - 2 of them are pretty fancy and have amazing cuisine. There is a smaller restaurant with traditional foods, very cheap and very charming!
Have fun!
Written July 11, 2008
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Belfast, UK164 contributions
OK, not quite, it's not central and it's not as big, but it has qualities similar to those which make New York central park a special place.

We went on Sunday as this is when the locals go to the park and we wanted to experience some local culture. As advised by the guide books we went by taxi to the top of the park. This was a good choice becuase the park entrance is not obvious from the main road and the park is on a hill. Cars pay to go into the park, but there is no charge for your taxi entance.

There are lots of shady trees, the pathways are fringed with flowers, there are lots of families picknicking, bring a hammock if you want to fit in! There are two lakes, one with a tea room promentary and fountain. It is wonderfully clean and tidy.

At the top of the park is the Sale pavillion, there is an entry charge 4TL (3US$ Jul09). This gives a guided tour through the pavillion. The best part is, you may get your own personal your, when we went we only met 3 other tourists. No queuing here, we were invited the take a seat while we waited to see if anyone else would arrive. After the close proximity of tourists at all the other sites in Istanbul, this visit was quite special. The pavillion itself would remind you of a visit to a stately home in the UK, although a bit more lavish. The chandeliers and reception room are special. There are other buildings in this area but I did not visit them.

There are two other pavillions in the grounds, which now serve food, although you can look around the Malta pavillion. I'm not an expert on fine dining, but it looked very lavish, with beautiful views over the Bosphorus, for a very reasonable cost. Tourist prices have not hit here yet.

While this is not one of the main attractions in Istanbul, and is not a substitute for them, if you have some time to spare, or you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main sites, I can thoroughly recommend this.

By the way, Ortakoy is close by, we went there first. There is a market on Sunday (really just a collection of jewellry and scarf stalls) at the sea front beside a lovely mosque perched below the suspension bridge. A good location for photographers. The taxi from Ortakoy to the top of Yildiz park was about 5TL
Written July 12, 2009
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Mugla, Turkey779 contributions
Mar 2016
This Imperial Palace is one of the undiscovered treasures of the city, located in Beştikaş.
For whatever reason, which is still a mystery today, Sultan Abdülhamid II decided to move his household from Dolmabahçe. He constructed the palace in the gardens of Çirağan Palace which covered the north eastern hillside above Beştikaş, which was a once popular area where the Sultans had strolled and hunted since the 17thC.

Ahmet III held elaborate Tulip Festivals in the extensive formal gardens in the 18thC.
Sultan Abdülhamid spent his final days in self-imposed solitude.
He was an accomplished carpenter and some of his works are on display.
The autocratic, and slightly paranoid, Sultan ruled over the Ottoman government and administration from the palace with a staff of 12,000, who were answerable only to him.
Sultan Abdülaziz had constructed several buildings within the parki and Abdülhamid simply added villas and pavilions on to and around the existing mansions.
Thus the palace was not just one building, but a collection of several.

The main entrance to the park is via a gate to the north of Çirağan Palace.
The climb through the park takes one past the pavilions and villas.
The Tent Pavillion, the Cadir Köşkü, with its shuttered windows and pink paintwork, is a well-proportioned building and sits next to a large pool.
Sefik Midhat Paşa, 1822-84, was the Grand Vizier who was responsible for the drawing up of the Ottoman Empire's first constitution in 1878, which established the first National Assembly.
It was here in the red bricked pavilion, that he was imprisoned and tried for the murder of Sultan Abdülaziz, 1861-76. Although the charges were false, he was found guilty and exiled to Yemen, where he was subsequently murdered
The Swiss and Viennese cafés were restored by the Automobile Touring Association in 1979.
The table in the Sale Kioskii is set with fine porcelain, as if in readiness for a banquet, upon the Sultans return.
Resembling a Swiss chalet, it was used by Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill during official visits.
An adjacent building was added on for the state visit of Kaiser Wilheim II in 1889.
In the ceremonial hall is a huge "Hereke" carpet, woven by over 60 hand weaver's.
Open daily except Mon & Thurs, 09:30-17:00, Oct-Feb 16:00

Alternatively one can take a taxi to Palanga Cadd: close to the Malta Köşkü and walk downwards through the parki.
It was here that Murat V was imprisoned, after he was deposed, for 27 years.
The restaurant offers "Ottoman Fare" and the café is a pleasant place to relax and enjoy a drink.
In 1895 The Imperial porcelain factory was situated here and production of European style porcelain commenced.
Today the factory still produces fine ceramics using modern manufacturing techniques.
Whilst the quality does not match that of the original craftsmen, all the pieces are still hand painted, with not a transfer in sight.

The Ylidiz Palace itself is not accessible from the parki. From Beşiktaş one has to walk up Barbarossa Cadd: and then, after a right turn onto Yildiz Cadd:, past the Yildiz Camii, one reaches the main gate.
On the left are the State Apartments which date from the reign of Sultan Selim III.
Across the courtyard is the Palace Museum.
The long building was once the carpentry workshop and there are numerous pieces of furniture, some made by Abdülhamid himself. There is a display of the Sultans European style military uniforms and an elaborately carved arabesque throne, inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Next to the museum is the City Museum where there is a magnificent collection of glass and porcelain.
As one exits the museum the palace armoury, Silahane, was housed in the single storey neo-classical building opposite.
Close bye is the once Adjutants Department with its beautifully carved façade and wooden shutters and which now houses the Research center for Islamic History, Art and Culture.
Beyond the buildings is a monumental gateway which leads through to the palace harem.
As it was then, it is, today, closed to the public.
Yildiz Palace, daily except Tuesday, 10:00-16:00. Tel No: 02122583080.
City Museum Free, same times,
Written March 15, 2016
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See the world with Daph
Santorini, Greece475 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
It is a perfect place if you need to escape the noise of the big metropol, Yildiz park is the right place. A pretty, leafy oassis alive with birds and picnickers... It is the imperial garden of Ciragan Palace. Park has two pavillions. These pavilions is used by the Sultans to enjoy the surrounds. when you entered the main entrance opposite the ciragan palace, and if you walk around 10 minutes to uphill. From T intersection at the top if you take left, this is going to bring you to cadir Kosk. There is a small lake in front of this pavilion which I like a lot. the other one is Malta pavilion. on th right side of the park. You can have light lunch at malta pavilion with the view of Bosphorus from it's terrace..A taxi from sultanahmet coast around 15 tl if there is no traffic. But it is a really nice way to walk under the exteremly big trees.
Written December 29, 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey56 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
I have been to this park in different seasons and have loved it every time. Note that it is quite hilly so you will need shoes with a good grip in the winter. if you love squirrels then you will absolutely love it in winter because they always play on the lawn and the trees in the winter season.
Even though Istanbul can be quite warm in summer, the trees in the park provide nice shaded areas all around the park. The lake is not the best I have seen but it still is a beauty in its own rights.
I say, go there!! :)
Written July 7, 2014
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Mo H
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia13 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
this park is part of sultan abdulmajed palace its a vent in a busy city if you happen to be near ortakoy area or have visited dolma bache palace this park is nearby,you will spend at least two hours there plus the time if you visit the museum or take a luxurious meal at Malta restaurant
Written April 15, 2014
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Rebecca D
Izmir, Turkey171 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
The park is a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's a little hilly, but has a lot of green space, play areas, and even adult outdoor exercise areas. It's best in the spring when all of the flowers are in bloom. In April, you walk into the park to a river of flowers. It's incredible.
Written January 18, 2014
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FuzzyGirly77 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
Followed our guide book and took a hike up the park. Was very serene and peaceful, but loads of dogs around the park. However, I was really glad they did not bother us in any way, they seem to enjoy the sun and peacefulness of the area as well.

Quite a hike, so good walking shoes are a must. Did not stop by for a cuppa at the Malta chalet, but it does have good views over the Bosphorous from very high up. You would need to pay for entry for one of the pavillions, 10 TL and no photos are permitted. Beware of vehicles that seem to drive through the park with very high speed...
Written December 28, 2012
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Lora Y
Mississauga, Canada122 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
While you’re visiting Istanbul, I recommend that you visit Yildiz Park if you have some extra time! It’s a very nice big park that is very big, green and clean however it is not a protected park so be careful around animals! Also Yildiz Park has a very good location and has very easy access by bus, dolmus, by taxi and of course by car. I recommend that you go to the park on a weekday rather than a weekend because weekends tend to be crowded. Also I recommend that you go on park grounds with your car because it is faster and you can park your car anywhere when you want to get out. Of course you could also walk but young children will get tired but it’s great for exercising! Yildiz Park is also a very nice place to go for a picnic but be careful around dogs.

Yildiz Park has many old Ottoman pavilions and while you’re in the park, I recommend that you visit them! We visited the Malta Pavillion and the outside and inside were very beautiful. However we ordered food there and we had to wait for 40 minutes for one chocolate cake! After we found out why they delayed so long; it turns out that our waiter got our order, went on her lunch break and forgot to tell what we ordered to the kitchen! However that was the only negative part during our visit.

Yildiz Park also has a very nice porcelain factory and museum called Yildiz Porcelain! I really recommend that you visit there because they have beautiful porcelain! The factory tour isn’t open everyday so make sure to check on their website for their opening and closing times and dates. Also make sure that you visit their shop and buy a replica porcelain dish that the sultan’s used to use!

Overall, I really recommend that you visit Yildiz Park while you’re in Istanbul because you’ll never forget it! Also, while you’re there make sure to visit Ortaköy as it is very close to the park!
Written August 28, 2012
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