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Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi Sarayı)

Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi Sarayı) Review

Built as a summer residence for Sultan Abdülaziz in 1865, Beylerbeyi is a bit like a mini-Dolmabahçe that incorporates a similarly eclectic mix of European and Turkish styles but is smaller, less grandiose, and has more of a personal feel. Beylerbeyi boasts ornately painted ceilings, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, gold-topped marble columns, and intricately carved wooden furniture; the central hall has a white-marble fountain and a stairway wide enough for a regiment. The magnolia-shaded palace grounds are also pleasant, while two waterfront bathing pavilions (one was for men, the other for women) stand out for their bizarrely fanciful architecture. You must join a tour to see the palace.

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  • Address: Çayırbaşı Durağı, Beylerbeyi, Bosphorus, Istanbul | Map It
  • Phone: 216/321–9320
  • Cost: 20 TL
  • Hours: Tues.–Wed. and Fri.–Sun. 9–5 in summer, 9–4 in winter
  • Location: The Bosphorus
Updated: 11-19-2013

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