The palace, built by Sultan Abdülâziz, was designed by the palace architect Nigoğayos Balyan and constructed by his sons Sarkis and Hagop Balyan between 1863 and 1867. This was a period in which all Ottoman sultans used to build their own palaces rather than using those of their ancestors. Çırağan Palace is the last example of this period. The inner walls and the roof were made of wood, the outer walls of colorful marble. The palace is connected with a beautiful marble bridge to the Yıldız Palace on the hill behind. A very high garden wall protects the palace from the outer world.
The construction and the interior decoration of the palace continued until 1872. After he moved in, Sultan Abdülâziz was, however, not able to live long in his magnificent palace. He was found dead in the palace on May 30, 1876, shortly after he was dethroned. His successor, his nephew Sultan Murad V, moved into Çırağan Palace, but reigned after only 93 days. He, who was deposed by his brother Abdülhamid II due to alleged mental illness, lived here under house arrest until his death on August 29, 1904.
During the Second Constitutional Monarchy, Sultan Mehmet V Reşat allowed the parliament to hold their meetings in this building. Only two months after, on January 19, 1910, a great fire destroyed the palace, leaving only the outer walls intact. Called "Şeref Stadı", the place served for many years as a football stadium for the club Beşiktaş J.K..
In 1989, the ruined palace was bought by a Japanese corporation, which restored the palace and added a modern hotel complex next to it in its garden. Today, it serves as luxury suites for the five-star Kempinski hotel along with two restaurants that cater to guests.
The Palace was renovated again during the first quarter of 2007, now resembling the authentic palace with the baroque style and soft colors.
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shreya2000 (889) 2014-05-28 22:28
The light is too harsh but you have managed very well. Good shot showing the architecture.
pajaran (48909) 2014-05-28 23:17
Interesantan tekst o palati sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled na mesto i arhitekturu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontarst i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto sa ljuljaskom i arhitektura sa zastavom.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto za odmor i setnju.
An interesting article about the history of the palace and a description, a nice view of the place and the architecture ...
A good second shot, kontarst and perspective, nice place shown with swings and architecture with the flag.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors.
Nice place for a relaxing walk.
All the best.
umutlu101 (13373) 2014-05-28 23:29
je ne suis jamais aller là-bas
jemaflor (81314) 2014-05-28 23:31
Une belle composition équilibrée, de belles teintes pour ce lieu avec monuments et un hamac qui nous invite au repos...
emka (73743) 2014-05-28 23:45
Hello Eleni, Nice view of this palace from this side. I saw it only from Bospohorus cruise. The big Turkish flag catches the eye. Excellent composition and colours. It would be fun to relax in this hamaque.
WArm regrads MAlgo
tenretin (2345) 2014-05-29 1:03
C'est un cliché parfait en tous points. Belle capture de l'endroit avec des couleurs naturelles.
Royaldevon (26793) 2014-05-29 2:32
The hammock, which dominates the f/g, sets a mood which is so incongruous with the building; it is curved, swinging, filigree in construction, compared with the palace which is rectangular, rigid, immovable!
Are we seeing two different aspects of life in Turkey?
Whatever, it is an interesting shot with good leads and many attractive details and ... it got me thinking!!
Have a great day,
Cricri (101805) 2014-05-29 3:40
Chère amie, c'est une très jolie présentation, j'aime le hamac un peu comme une œuvre d'art, en tout les cas un endroit très plaisant, dans mon ancienne maison j'avais un hamac, pas aussi beau, mais c'était a moi :-))
Belle journée mon amie
Plein de bonheur
amaryllis (33598) 2014-05-29 5:12
une très belle photo de cette place, un hamac qui nous attend, une belle lumière d'où de belles ombres avec les arbres, un jardin bien entretenu avec parterres de fleurs, un bel arc sur sur la gauche, et un aperçu sur la mer très bref mais un pays superbe
jhm (135758) 2014-05-29 5:14
You chose an excellent angle this gives depth and perspective with the nice seat in forgeround.
You show us a wonderful picture with excellent colours and sharpness.
Very well composition, TFS.
Have a nice day,
photoray (10469) 2014-05-29 6:51
A beautiful scene with the swing beckoning relaxation, the tree lined pathway to the impressive Ciragan Sarayi, Romanesque like architecture especially the structure to the left appearing like a classical Roman triumph arch.
Would love to visit and stay inside the hotel, and soak in the history and atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing,
ikeharel (52993) 2014-05-29 8:03
Excelent mix of vivid colors, especially green and red(flag).
There is a good sense of depth when looking across the pavement towards the building, which by itself is an impressive style palace.
Fine taken shot, good light collected.
Silvio1953 (116809) 2014-05-29 10:32
Ciao Eleni, bella vista del fantastico palazzo, piacevole composizione con l'amaca in primo piano, ottima nitidezza, magnifica luce e splendidi colori, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
Noel_Byrne (21392) 2014-05-29 10:34
I always find it amazing how many of these huge opulent palaces and mansions feature stories of human tragedy and heartaches for those who built them, and certainly there s a lot of heartache here. It is the same in Ireland, so many tales of misery and woe. But to us, they have left such beautiful architectural legacies, this is a fantastic building. You describe the color marble and the available light does seem to brig out deep color.
It's amazing how much this building reminds me of Heuston Tianjin station in Dublin!
Very nice that a company renovated this place, but I would say it made a magnificent ruin. In today's world, you don't have to build your own palace, if you have enough money, you can just stay in somebody else's.
Thanks for the beautiful image and excellent note.
cornejo (28503) 2014-05-29 11:43
Hola Eleni, muy buena fotografía de esta bonita composición con el interesante palacio, muy bien compuesta y captada en esta interesante y bella imagen, con buena nitidez, profundidad, bonita luz, color y calidad. Excelente e interesante trabajo perfectamente realizado, mis felicitaciones amigo mio. Gracias por compartir este bello trabajo.
Buena tarde y feliz fin de semana.
Cordiales saludos desde el sur de España.
carlo62 (28333) 2014-05-29 13:46
credo di aver visto alcuni minuti delle mille e una notte.....
L'amaca fa sembrare questo luogo, pur bello, fantastico, gran bella composizione, con la bandiera a dare un bel colpo di colore.