- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
On the banks of the Bosphorus strait (Bogaziçi in Turkish), stands Beylerbeyi Palace. This edifice in white marble hides behind a screen of foliage. Commissioned by Sultan Abdulaziz, the palace was built in the late 19th century, in French Baroque style. Beylerbeyi Sarayi served both as the Sultan's summer residence and to host visiting foreign heads of state. Note that Empress Eugénie of France was received there in that capacity.
The palace is composed of a ground floor and two storeys. Each room is richly adorned with French clocks, porcelain from the four corners of the globe and magnificent carpets. Nonetheless, it was the Bohemian crystal chandeliers that really caught my attention. Though this mixture of styles may not suit everybody's taste, I'm sure anyone could find a few objects suitable for Mother-in-law's next birthday!
Smaller and less well-known than Dolmabahçe Palace, I preferred Beylerbeyi Palace. You should, however, include a visit of one or the other during your stay in Turkey. Note that the palace only offers guided tours, so you will not be able to linger. And if you have a little time to spare, admire the gardens or push on to the Beylerbeyi quarter for a meal.
Perfect for travellers who don't have a lot of time.
Opt for a guided tour of the Palace, which very well structured albeit rather quick.
If you are looking for a relatively short, peaceful trip, I advise you to go to the Beylerbeyi Palace. Neither very well known nor frequently visited, the Beylerbeyi Palace is a little gem of the Ottoman Empire.
I remember being amazed by the sumptuous stairway and by its crystal chandelier, by its garden, large and magnificent, and by the panoramic view of Bosphorus. At the end of the visit, I enjoyed sitting in the cool, in the cafe, next to the pond and in the shadow of centuries-old trees.
Before leaving the region of Beylerbeyi, I advise you to to discover its streets, cafés and restaurants. If you have the time, a slight detour to the region's Turkish bath might be of interest?