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Yildiz Palace - Istanbul - Turkey

Yildiz Palace Istanbul

Yildiz Palace

The Yildiz Palace is a vast complex of former imperial Ottoman pavilions and villas in Istanbul, Turkey, built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was used as a residence by the Sultan and his court in the late 19th century.

Yıldız Palace, meaning Star Palace, was built in 1880 and was used by the Ottoman Sultan Abd�lhamid II. The area of the palace was originally made of natural woodlands and became an imperial estate during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617). Various sultans after Ahmed I enjoyed vacationing on these lands and Sultans Abd�lmecid I and Abd�laziz built mansions here .

The palace is a complex of buildings including the State Apartments (B�y�k Mabeyn), Şale Pavilion, the Malta Pavilion, the �adır Pavilion, the Yıldız Theater and Opera House, the Yıldız Palace Museum, and the Imperial Porcelain Factory. The Yıldız Palace Gardens are also a popular public site among the residents of Istanbul. A bridge connects the Yıldız Palace with the �ırağan Palace on the Bosporus through this garden