Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar), Istanbul

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Boasting serene surroundings and opulent interiors, it's easy to see why Ottoman sultans liked to spend their vacation in Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar). The grand residence was built in the 1860s and served as both a summer home and as a venue to entertain visiting heads of state, including Empress Eugenie of France and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Embark on a guided or self-guided tour of the palace and imagine the life of the privileged few that lived here. The rich original furnishings, including ornate chandeliers, colorful carpets, and an indoor fountain, help bring the site to life. From the palace windows you can enjoy views of the Bosporus. Arrange to visit Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar) and other attractions in Istanbul using our Istanbul tour app .
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  • Beylerbeyi Palace is located away from marked trails. Need to travel independently, and as a result, the lack of crowds gives it a special charm. Inside the main building of the Palace could not reach us-was closed for restoration. Walked in the Palace park. Very nicely. I didn't want to leave
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  • At the Beylerbeyi you can feel history. Beylerbeyi means „Lord of Lords“ and the palace located in Üsküdar (Asian part) in Istanbul. It was built in the 1860s as an Imperial Ottoman summer residence. ...  more »
  • We took a private tour and they brought us here. Paid admission and they give you a guided headset audio tour. Beautiful garden by the sea. The house is amazing. The colors and finishes. You can imagi...  more »

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