Site of Beylerbeyi Palace (TR)
The Beylerbeyi palace was built between 1861-1865
by Sultan Abdulaziz and is located in the Asian side of Istanbul on the
eastern shore of the Bosphorus. It is much smaller than Dolmabahce
palace and it was the Sultans' summer palace. There is no heating in the
palace and the floor was covered with straw bought specially from Egypt.
The palace was built in a luxurious and sumptuously neoclassic style
that can be noticed as soon as one enters.
Sultan Abdulaziz loved ships. During his reign the Turkish navy was
second in the world only to that of England. The Sultan's passion for
ships can be observed by the strong naval motif in the decorations and
the many paintings of ships.
Very illustrious and distinguished persons were guests of the Sultan,
among them the French Emperor Eugenie, Nasruddin the Shah of Persia and
the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia.
Surrounding the palace there was an area of 160,000 square meters of
comprising a hunting area, a zoo and a garden with different flora from
all over the world.
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