Thursday, March 23, 2017


Maslak, Sarıyer - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°07'10.1"N 29°01'33.7"E / 41.119472, 29.026028

Malta Pavilion / Yildiz, Besiktas - Istanbul photo malta_pavilion173.jpg


Cafe (Located in the garden of the Palace), Toilettes (Located at the garden of the Palaces), Parking (Located at the entrance of the Palace)

The Maslak Pavilion is located on Büyükdere Street, at the intersection of Istinye and Tarabya. The hilltop site of these royal lodges overlooking the Bosphorus is between the districts of Levent and Ayazağa on the European shore. The Maslak Pavilion was used for hunting and as a resting place by Sultan Abdülhamid II who learned how to become the new Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in this pavilion.

Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839) first had a pavilion constructed here, and Sultan Abdülhamid II (1876-1909) lived in the later pavilion as a young man. Exactly when the royal lodges were constructed and by whom is unknown, but most can be roughly dated to the reign of Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876).


Set in a wooded park with an area of 170,000 square meters, the Maslak Royal Lodges consist of the main Kasr-ı Hümayün (imperial kiosk), the Mabeyn-i Hümayün (imperial court) with its adjoining Conservatory, the Çadır Köşk and Paşalar Dairesi. Commanding a magnificent view over the Bosphorus strait and set amongst green woodland, the kasırs are outstanding examples of late 19th century Ottoman architecture.

Compared to other pavilions of the Ottomans, it has a simple structure in that only the sultan's signature has been is used to decorate the different sections of the pavilion. Sultan Abdülhamid II had his study and bedroom in the Kasr-ı Hümayün, and it was here that he was informed of his accession to the Ottoman throne.

Kasr-i Hümayun
The Kasr-i Hümayun (imperial kiosk) contains the bedroom and working room of Sultan Abdülhamit II. It is a two story structure that has a basement and and attic with a view of the sea. On both sides of the entry, there are columns on which the balcony is placed. The ceilings of all the rooms and the walls of the hall are decorated with engraved pictures.

Mabeyn-i Hümayun
The Mabeyn-i Hümayun (imperial court) was the private flat of the sultan, and consists of a single storey made of stone. There are invaluable plants, camellias, ferns, and banana trees in the lemon mansion. There is also a beautiful greenhouse located in the middle of the lemon mansion.

Çadır Kiosk
The Çadır Kiosk is a fancy two story structure in the shape of an octagon. It has wide valances on the roof, a balcony ringing the kiosk, and is built out of wood.

Paşalar Dairesi
Paşalar Dairesi (General's room): It is a beautiful structure made of stone with a single storey and has a Turkish bath in the building.


Today, Kasr-ı Hümayun has been restored in the light of the documents, memoirs and old photographs and opened to the visits as a museum-palace in 1986. Mabeyn-i Hümayun and its annexes Limonluk and Çadır Kiosk and its garden have similarly been handled and restored and transformed into cafeterias where visitors may take a rest.

The camellias in the Limonluk, which especially bloom during the winter months, are the oldest examples of their kinds in the city. The gardens of the Maslak Pavilions can be allocated to national or international receptions.

Maslak Royal Lodges Cafe give the chance to rest within historic environments with cold-hot drinks, snack food and breakfast services in Maslak Pavilion.


WEB SITE : Department of National Palaces / Maslak Pavillion

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