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Ihlamur Pavilions, one of the boarding pavilions used by the sultans for daily recreation during the Ottoman period, are cited among the most elegant examples of 19th century Ottoman buildings, characterized by architectural features bearing the traces of the Neo-Baroque movement. The recreational area of greenery in the Ihlamur Valley was known as Hacı Hüseyin Farms, located in the middle of the triangle of Beşiktaş, Yıldız and Nişantaşı, named after its original owner Hacı Hüseyin Ağa, the treasurer of the shipyard. The farms were later transferred to state ownership and were transformed into a royal garden, with a wooden mansion built for the sultans to rest. In 1791, Sultan Selim III had expanded the garden by having several pools and buildings built. The valley, recorded as being a shooting and training place for the sultans, was frequently visited by Abdülhamid I, Selim III and Mahmud II. Some surviving target stones bear the date and scores of the shots of the sultans Selim III and Mahmud II, indicating shooting competitions in the upper part of Ihlamur Valley towards Yıldız.
Address: Teşvikiye, Nişantaşı Ihlamur Yolu Sk., 34357 Şişli/İstanbul
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Tue
The Topkapı Palace, or the Seraglio, is a large museum in the east of the Fatih district of Istanbul in Turkey. From the 1460s to the completion of Dolmabahçe Palace in 1856, it served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire, and was the main residence of its sultans until the 17th century
Address: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 4PM
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.
İSTANBUL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS
stanbul Archaeological Museums are a complex of museums consisting of three main units. The Archaeological Museum, The Museum of Ancient Oriental Works, The Tiled Kiosk Museum. Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the first museum in Turkey, has about a million artifacts from a variety of cultures, brought from the imperial lands.
Address: Alemdar Caddesi,Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu,Gülhane
Opening time: 09:00-20:00
Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture
Transformation of an existing antrepot building into a contemporary arts museum is a progressive step for going public for the customs port area in Karaköy, which has been a segregated area in the heart of İstanbul, with no public access since it was constructed in 1960. The Museum is planned to house 15.000 pieces which include the most important examples of Turkish art since the late Ottoman to the modern period.
The structural reinforced concrete which is exposed on the façade has been the most prominent element of the antrepot buildings in the urban memory. For the designer of the building, the renowed Turkish architect Sedad Hakkı Eldem, this grid has its reference in the “carcass” that is the basic constructive element of Turkish architecture.
Address: Kılıçali Paşa, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:6, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul