On the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, a summer palace rises like a breath of lightness amidst magnolia gardens.
Built between 1861 and 1865 by Sultan Abdulaziz, Beylerbeyi represents Ottoman splendor, the stuff the Thousand and One Tales are made of. In the selamik, the men go about their affairs but in the harem the women rules. There is a marble pool and a fountain, dozens of 30-foot blue columns, and rooms that are masterpieces of European and Ottoman elegance. Beylerbeyi means “lords of the lords;” certainly this palace lords it over most other palaces in the world.
How to get there
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T-W 9.30am-4pm, F-Sun 9.30am-4pm