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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 your visit to Beylerbeyi Sarayı (TBMM-Milli Saraylar) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Istanbul using our Istanbul trip itinerary builder.
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  • Easy to park by and cheap to enter, this place is a peaceful haven and yet paradoxically beneath the hyper busy first Bosphorus bridge. The palace itself is accessible only by timed tours, in English ...  more »
  • you can see the gallery + palace and take a breath at the cafe with the beautiful sea view. i advice you to see there !  more »
  • Onto the Asian side of Istanbul and we find another magnificent, well decorated posh looking Palace similar inside to the Dolmabahce to some extent. Certainly no expenses spared in decorating this one...  more »
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  • Free tours and amazing placement. You can take as many photos as you can on outside but in inside you can't take photos, its forbidden. The garden is amazing. Inside is even more amazing. Great place to visit if you are in Istanbul.
  • This palace was built for summer use, but later this palace became a kind of prison for the former sultan. It is reminiscent of Dolmabahçe palace as an architect. The location, the architecture and the design are wonderful
  • Onto the Asian side of Istanbul and we find another magnificent, well decorated posh looking Palace similar inside to the Dolmabahce to some extent. Certainly no expenses spared in decorating this one. Close to the Bosphorus bridge. Well maintained place. Coffee shop available. No individual entries allowed, the tours inside are all guided for security reasons. Well worth it. Toilets available.
  • Beylerbeyi Sarayi is a summer palace of the sultans. Located on the Bosphorus.
  • Every hours you get free tours and you are not aloud to visit by yourself. Also it is forbidden to take photos inside.

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