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“Yildiz Sale and gardens”
Review of Yildiz Chalet

Yildiz Chalet
Ranked #309 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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Athens, Greece
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“Yildiz Sale and gardens”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Walking along the Bosphorus past Dolmabache Palace & Ciragan Palace (now a hotel) you come to the Yildiz Park which stretches up the hill on the left. It was originally a hunting reserve for the Sultans, but after the chalet or rather little palace was built, the gardens were landscaped with rare trees and shrubs. We visited in November so did not see the tulips in flower. Entrance to the park is free for pedestrians. The Sale or Chalet started as a rustic retreat, but was expanded at the end of the nineteenth century into a guest house for VIPs and then for the Sultan himself. Entrance to the house is TL10, and you are escorted by a guide with the relevant language skills, on a tour taking about 30 minutes. Decorations and furniture are ornate and impressive. The Great Hall is still used for state occasions. We were the only visitors and had a leisurely visit. I feel it is much better value than the Dolmabahce Palace, and worth a little extra effort. We had a pleasant lunch on the Malta Kiosk in the grounds, on a terrace overlooking the water. It is worth using the facilities to see the marble swan fountains inside the building!

Visited November 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Escape the busy city”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

The Yildiz Palace (Chalet) is situated in Yildiz Park which extends to the shores of the Bosphorus. We took the tram to Kabatas and from there the bus which stops near the entrance to the park. Take bus 25E, 22, 22RE and get off at the Ciragan stop. From there you walk to the park and entrance to the park is free. Then it is a beautiful but steep walk of about 2km to the Chalet , but the walk is lovely as the road is good and you are surrounded by the trees and flowers.The Palace was used by Sultan Abdulhamid the second as he considered it more secure than the Dolmabahce. The interior decorating is beautiful with wall and ceiling paintings and the large tiled stoves from Sweden is wonderful.In the Grand Hall is a 400 square meter carpet which is one of the largest hand-woven carpets in the world. This is really worth a visit as it feels like a country retreat from the busy city.

Visited November 2012
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