Ciragan Palace

Located in Besiktas and today part of a famous hotel complex that bears its name,
this lovely palace was built in the classic style by Sultan Abdulaziz’s famous architect,
Sarkis Balyan. The building was destroyed by fire in 1910 and remained in ruins until
this past decade when its restoration was undertaken by Ciragan Palace Hotel
Kempinski Istanbul, the hotel group which then leased the building. Today it is serving
as a luxurious hotel. Even if you don’t stay in the hotel we suggest that you visit its tea
garden or salon for a cup of tea taken in very royal surroundings.


The palace, replacing an earlier wooden palace, had been built in 1871 for Sultan Abdulaziz by the court architect Serkis Balyan. The construction took four years ana cost four million gold pieces. The ceilings and the interior partitions were made of wood; the walls were covered by marble. The columns were superior examples of stonemasonry. The palace was lavishly decorated with rare carpets, gilded pieces and furniture inlaid with mother-of- pearl. Its facades were decorated with colored marbles and on the landside it was surrounded by high walls. After remaining in ruins for many years, the palace has been renovated and turned into a 5-star seashore hotel with several new additions.


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