You can find out our ultimate guide on the most beautiful and best palaces in Istanbul to visit and see. We would recommend you not to leave Istanbul without visiting these beautiful palaces with great architectural works. Go ahead and admire!
1. Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace is the Ottoman Empire’s true essence. Fatih Sultan Mehmet, fresh from his conquest of Constantinople, constructed Topkapı Saray as his primary house between 1460 and 1478.
Topkapi Palace is the world’s biggest and oldest surviving Palace and the repository of numerous artifacts. Among them is one of the world’s largest diamonds, the most precious Islamic relics, a map with the earliest portrayal of America, high-quality Chinese porcelain, rare Islamic gilded miniatures, and calligraphy examples from numerous Muslim Asian empires. The artifacts are a sight to behold.
2. Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most spectacular palaces in Besiktas, located on the shores of the Bosphorus. The palace’s interior reflects the grandeur of the era and is created in the style of opulent European palaces. The entire palace structure is breathtaking. Over 50,000 artifacts are housed in the palace’s hundreds of chambers. And it was also home to six sultans and their families.
Dolmabahce Palace is the largest palace in Turkey, with 285 rooms, 6 hammams, 46 halls, and 68 restrooms spread across 45.000 m2. The palace’s interior and external design includes elements of the Rococo, Baroque, Neoclassical, and Ottoman architectural styles. It was built by Sultan Abdülmecit and continued until 1856, and since 1984 it serves as a museum.
3. Beylerbeyi Palace
Beylerbeyi Palace is another magnificent palace located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Beylerbeyi, which means “Lord of the Lords,” was established in 1865 as a resting retreat and summer palace for Sultan Abdülaziz. It is as large as Dolmabahce Palace and hosts royal guests such as the Duchess, Duke of Windsor, and Empress Eugenie of France.
The scenery is spectacular, especially from the Bosphorus. A big reception hall, pool, fountain, rooms, furnishings, and bath pavilions for men and women are available. It was used as a prison for Sultan Abdülhamid II until his death in 1918.
4. Yildiz Palace
Yildiz Palace is a very impressive palace with a magnificent architecture located on the hills of the Besiktas district. Built in the last years of the Ottoman Empire, the palace witnessed a very important period.
Yildiz Palace is worth seeing with its 19th century mansions, pavilions, unique structure and extremely impressive beautiful gardens.
5. Ciragan Palace
Ciragan Palace was known for the beauty of its vineyards and gardens in its time, and became the focus of attention of Ottoman sultans, lady sultans and grand viziers.
Located between Besiktas and Ortakoy, in a superb enviroment overlooking the Bosphorus, it draws attention with its magnificent Baroque architecture, and offers luxury accommodation by the Bosphorus under the name of Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel today.
6. Tekfur Palace
Tekfur Palace has an important place in world art history as a surviving Byzantine Palace. The impressive palace building is located on the land walls of Istanbul and the construction date is still not known. The building, which underwent significant restorations between 1955 and 1970 and in the 2010s, is used as a museum today.
The place was used for purposes such as an elephant barn and warehouse after the conquest of Istanbul, as well as a tile workshop for a period. The Tekfur Palace tiles from this period also have an important place in the Turkish tile art of the recent period. It is also rumored that the world-famous “Kasikci Diamond” on display in Topkapi Palace is among the ruins of the Tekfur Palace.