This large and leafy retreat is alive with birds, picnicking families and young couples strolling hand in hand. The best time to visit...
Yıldız Porselen Fabrikası
Yıldız Porcelain Factory occupies a wonderful building designed by Italian architect Raimondo D’Aronco, who introduced the art nouveau...
Not satisfied with the architectural exertions of his predecessor at Dolmabahçe Palace, Sultan Abdül Aziz (r 1861–76) built his own...
Built in 1870, this unlicensed restaurant and function centre was where Sultan Abdül Hamit II imprisoned his brother Murat V, having...
Alancha's designer decor is as striking as its colourful and artfully arranged dinner dishes, which include servings of wild sea bass to...
Yıldız Şale information
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.