Which palace does come to your mind first when it comes to the palaces in Istanbul? Is it Topkapı Palace built by the Ottomans after conquering the city and exhibiting a magnificence of 600 years today? Or is it Dolmabahçe Palace with its magnificent splendor overlooking the Bosporus?
We know, the features of both palaces are innumerable. However, we will talk about another Palace in this issue; Yıldız Palace that left its mark on the final era of the Ottomans.
Come on, let’s visit together this Palace that is located between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy and very different from the others.
IT INCLUDES 3 MUSEUMS
Located in the middle of one of the rare groves on the European side of Istanbul, encircled by lush green trees, and composed of pavilions and summer palaces that witnessed important events in the final era of the Empire, Yıldız Palace is very different from the single structured classical palace understanding.
Today, the palace complex known as Yıldız Park includes 3 different and interesting museums: Yıldız Palace Museum, Yıldız Palace Theater and Performing Arts Museum, and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Museum.
YILDIZ PALACE MUSEUM
Abdülhamit II was the first padishah who had lived in Yıldız Palace. Abdülhamit II who moved here as it is more safeguarded than Dolmabahçe Palace ensured that the palace has obtained its current appearance. Today, the items from the era of Abdülhamit II are exhibited in Yıldız Palace Museum, and the products of Yıldız Porcelain Factory in Kaskat Pavilion.
YILDIZ PALACE THEATER AND PERFORMING ARTS MUSEUM
Yıldız Palace Theater and Performing Arts Museum that welcomes its visitors in the theater building had built by Abdülhamit II who was closely interested in literature and theater in 1889 is another cultural facility that has been in service here since 1994.
The archive department of the museum whose collection includes the costumes from the Palace Theater includes valuable sources that shed light on the history of Turkish theater, both the traditional part and the part that has developed under the influence of the west.
ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY CITY MUSEUM
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Museum has been serving in the duplex Fine Arts Hall of the palace since 1988. Its collection includes the items used by the local people of Istanbul in the Ottoman era. In the collection composed of various materials from coffee sets to calligraphy tables, scales to fabrics, there are paintings of the names like Henri Malla, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu.
MOSQUE, CLOCK TOWER, AND PAVILIONS…
The areas you can visit in the lush green grove of the palace are not limited to the museums. Great Mabeyn Pavilion, a work of the Balyan Family, Yıldız Mosque that displays all features of the final era Ottoman architecture, and the Clock Tower built in the southwestern part of the courtyard of this mosque in 1890 are just a few of the buildings you will see during your palace tour.
Besides, you can rest, drink something hot or cold, or eat something in Çadır Pavilion and Malta Pavilion operated by the Municipality.