Yıldız Şale

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Istanbul , Turkey
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Originally an imperial hunting lodge, this oft-extended Ottoman guesthouse has hosted royalty galore. Built for Sultan Abdül Hamit II in 1880, the şale (chalet) was closed to the public at the time of research, but is well worth a visit should it reopen.

The building is at the top of the hill in Yıldız Park, enclosed by a wall. After being expanded and renovated for the use of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in 1889, it underwent a second extension in 1898 to accommodate a huge ceremonial hall. After his imperial guest departed, Abdül Hamit became quite attached to his 'rustic' creation and decided to live here himself, forsaking the palaces of Dolmabahçe and Çırağan on the Bosphorus shore.