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“A small exquisite jewel from another time”
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Beylerbeyi Palace
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Half-Day Istanbul Asia Tour With Beylerbeyi Palace
Ranked #71 of 1,090 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 5, 2013

The palace that you see here is the second one. The current one is from the time of the huge palace building boom that created Dolmabahce and several other palaces along the Bosphorus and helped to bankrupt the Ottoman Empire. This palace was designed by Sarkis Baylan. This was the last home of Sultan Abdulhamid ll after 1912. The grounds are now much reduced from what they were at the time that this was an imperial palace but you can get an idea if you look down on the palace from the bridge above.
The palace has 26 rooms and was intended as a guest house for foreign dignitaries, visiting on official stays. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and quite a few of the original statuary are there. The bathing pavillions are reminiscent of the style of Brighton Pavillion in England although this is probably coincidental.
The rooms mostly have original furnishings and have faded and give a somewhat faded picture of life. The bathroom has the original fittings and was one of the first with running water and supplies of hot water (the Byzantines probably had running hot and cold water but that engineering was not passed on to the Ottomans, who had to wait until the 19th century to implement it).
You are confined to a tour group for the interior but this is leisurely and informative. Time your visit well and it won't be crowded which means that your tour will be more personal and less hurried.
We had a nice Turkish breakfast in the restaurant in the grounds as well and it was not expensive and this gave another perspective to our visit here.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We visited this palace with our tour guide who informed us this palace is a great way to get an understanding of what the larger more touristy palaces have on a grander scale. We loved our experience here and felt it was a better option than fighting the crowds at the larger more city centric palaces. You get the same experience just on a smaller scale. It is still incredibly grand and ornate.

1  Thank ISkiBum1
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

I visited this palace as part of a bus tour taking us from the European side the Asian side. Decorations were nice. Chandeliers were impressive. Did not enjoy the plastic cover over my shoes. The guard was staring at me like a hawk because one of my shoe covers was torn and I had to pick it up therefore was separated from the group. No photo is allowed inside. There are a few steps of stairs to climb. The rooms and furnishings were unique. Some rooms got nice view of the water. Wished that I had more time to walk the garden or courtyard of the palace.

Thank RoyaltyC
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

The Beylerbeyi Palace is located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and offers lovely views from the garden. The Palace building is beautiful and the interior is as ornate as you would expect from the era of the Sultans. You cannot enter on your own and will have to wait for a guided tour in English but you can wait in the lovely gardens and have a cup of tea. From the European side of Istanbul take the Ferry to Uskudar and then you can take a Taxi or go by local bus. Take bus 15, 15 F, 15H, 15KC or 15 N and buy your ticket before you get on the bus as they do not accept cash. The bus ride is lovely all along the Bosphorus. Worth a visit and the Palace is not as crowded as the Dolmabace or Top Kapi.

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Reviewed December 6, 2012

It is placed right next to the Asian end of the Bosphorus bridge. adds value to the beauty of the Unique Bosphorus

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