Çırağan Palace, Istanbul

Çırağan Palace features magnificent architecture that fascinates everyone passing either overland or via the sea route.

29/04/2014

Çırağan Palace is one of the most popular buildings among visitors to Istanbul. It took its name from the "Çırağan Feasts" held in the 18thcentury. In the Ottoman Empire era, the most beautiful places along Bosphorus were traditionally reserved for the sultan and his family.

As a consequence of this tradition, when Sultan Abdulaziz came to throne in 1861, Çırağan Palace was built. A bridge connected it to the Yıldız Palace, which is right behind it.

For centuries, the palace has been one of the most precious buildings to enrich the shores of the Bosphorus. The columns of the palace are beautiful examples of stonework.

Besides precious carpets and furniture, there are rooms decorated by handwork covered by golden gloss and mother-of-pearl. The front walls of the palace are composed of colorful marbles that add vividness to its architecture.

Being one of the pearls of the Ottomans with its magnificent seascape and architecture, Çırağan Palace has recently been used as a five star hotel.

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