View Full Version : Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey discussion

07-18-2005, 06:40 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile529/Beylerbeyi-Palace,-Istanbul,-Turkey.htm>Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey</a></b><br><br>Built on orders of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz (1861-1876), it's a delightful, if ornate, imperial residence with a fountain in the main salon, the usual sumptuous chambers, Bohemian crystal chandeliers, Sèvres and Chinese vases, and pleasant gardens (closed Monday and Thursday; stay 1-2 hrs)<br />
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The palace was often used as a guest house for visiting royalty. Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia, Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia and other worthies enjoyed its comforts.<br />
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Sultan Abdulhamid II was deposed by the Young Turks in 1909, and spent the last years of his life (1913-191<img src="images/smilies/icon_cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" /> under house arrest at Beylerbeyi. Much of the furniture in the palace was made by the sultan himself, who was an accomplished cabinet-maker.<br />
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(Reference http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/WhereToGo/Istanbul/Sights/Bosphorus/Beylerbeyi.html)<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/200330beylerbeyi_palace.jpg>