5 Magnificent Royal Palaces

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Turkey's Gorgeous Imperial Palaces

The palaces were the homes of the Sultan and the imperial family, and the empire was governed from the main palace. When you visit Turkey, don't leave without seeing the gorgeous imperial palaces from the Ottoman, Seljuk and Byzantine period.

Turkish Palaces

There are many famous palaces in Istanbul and other cities of Turkey serving the imperial family and Sultans in different periods. Most of the palaces in Turkey are from the Ottoman and Seljuk period.

When we are talking about palaces we mean the imperial palaces from the Ottoman Empire. After the Fatih Sultan Mehmed known as Mehmed the Conqueror, took Istanbul over from the Byzantines in 1453, many palaces were built in the city. The first main palace was located in the Beyazit area and unfortunately we do not have any remains of this one. The second palace which has been used nearly 600 years is the famous Topkapi Palace. After the Topkapi Palace, the Dolmabahce Palace and finally the Yildiz Palace were the main palaces the empire was ruled from.

In terms of culture and history lovers, these palaces are like a temple. From Istanbul to Agri, let's explore together Turkey's 5 most enchanting palaces.

5 Most Iconic Royal Palaces

Topkapi Palace: Topkapi Palace was constructed between 1460 and 1478 during the reign of Mehmed the Conqueror. Served as the royal residence for Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years, Topkapi Palace is actually a large complex consisting of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings including mosques, harem, a hospital, bakeries, and mansions. The palace houses the world famous 86 carat Spoonmaker's Diamond.

Dolmabahce Palace: Dolmabahce Palace was built between the years 1843 and 1856 with the order of Sultan Abdulmecid who was the 31st Ottoman Sultan. Dolmabahce Palace witnessed the last era of Ottoman Empire and first era of the Republic. Great leader Ataturk used the palace for his studies and as a Presidential House between the years 1927 and 1938.

Yildiz Palace: One of the last residences of the imperial family, Yildiz Palace was commissioned by Abdulhamit II at the end of the 19th century. Exhibiting the finest blend of Rococo and Islamic styles, the Palace is set amidst a large and well-protected park covering an area of 500,000 sqm and containing plants from all corners of the world.

Ishak Pasha Palace: Ishak Pasha Palace, the construction of which started in 1685, stands out as the most magnificent architectural work built in Agri during the Ottoman period. Considered one of the unique works of Turkish architectural history, the palace is also a work suitable for the traditional Turkish architectural character and the Seljuk architectural structure.

Beylerbeyi Palace: The summer lodge of royalty, Beylerbeyi Palace is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Built by Sarkis Balyan, the famous architect that has built many edifices in İstanbul, constructed this palace for Sultan Abdulaziz in 1865. The exterior decorations of the Palace were inspired from the neoclassical style that was popular in Europe in the 19th century, while the interior displays the finest examples of traditional Ottoman style decorative art.

Turkey's Gorgeous Imperial Palaces
Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubeyazit, Agri