Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi Sarayı)
This beautiful 19th-century palace on the Asian shoreline near the First Bosporus Bridge served as a summer retreat for sultans and visiting dignitaries. Designed in a French neo-Baroque style, the palace features six halls and 24 rooms adjacent to an expansive garden. Complete with halls devoted to the harem, it is also famous for being the place of house arrest of one of the last sultans, Abdülhamīd II, who died in the palace in 1918.
By Leeann Murphy, AFAR Local Expert
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