Yıldız Sarayı Müzesi (Yıldız Palace Museum)

The last example of Ottoman palace architecture, the Yıldıy Saray Museum is found on Beşiktaş’s Yıldız hill.

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Address

Barbaros Blv. Serencebey Yokuşu No: 62, Beşiktaş

Visiting Hours

Monday – Sunday
09:00 – 19:00

Closed on Tuesday

Phone +90 212 260 80 60

As the last example of Ottoman palace architecture, the Yıldız Palace Museum (Turkish: Yıldız Saray Müzesi) is found on Beşiktaş, Yıldız hill. This region was used for years by the Sultans for hunting and relaxation and today a number of palaces, pavilions and hamams can be found here.

Construction on the grounds began at the end of the 18th century and expanded under Abdülhamit II. In addition to those private spaces intended for the sultan, there were also buildings with specific functions – such as repair shops and carpentry workshops – as well a culture of literature, theater and music supported on site.

The palace, known by the name Hasbahçe, is on the site of a garden and pool that appears to be a natural river. There are also many small resting pavilions built on the grounds, separately and at different times from each other. The Yıldız Palace was the fourth center of administration after Eski Palace, Topkapı Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace.

The Ottoman palace, which had remained empty after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, was transformed into a museum in 1993.

While enjoying the architecture, peace and history of Yıldız Palace, one can also visit the Empire Porcelain Production House (Turkish: İmparatorluk Porselen Üretim Evi).

 

Taksim: Take one of those shuttle buses bound for Taksim to get off at the Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi stop: 129T Üstbostancı – Taksim, 112 Bostancı – Taksim, 110 Kadıköy – Taksim.

Atatürk Airport: Take the metro line from the Airport for Zeytinburnu. Then take the tramline for Kabataş. Get on the 103 Şahinbey – Kabataş bus and get off at the Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi stop.

Blue Mosque Area: Take the T1 Zeytinburnu – Kabataş tramline for Kabataş. From the Kabataş bus station, catch the 103 Şahinbey – Kabataş shuttle bus and get off at the Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi stop.

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