Sunday, April 22, 2018


Ortaköy, Beşiktaş - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'44.4"N 29°01'12.0"E / 41.045667, 29.020000


The Feriye Palace (Turkish: Feriye Sarayı) is a complex of Ottoman imperial palace buildings along the European shoreline of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, the buildings host educational institutions such as a high school and a university.

The palace complex was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz (reigned 1861-76) in 1871, and designed by architect Sarkis Balyan. The buildings were built to meet the need of the extended family members of the imperial court for residence.

The palace, which was constructed in addition to Dolmabahçe Palace and Çırağan Palace, took the name "Feriye" meaning "secondary" or "auxiliary" in Ottoman Turkish language. It consists of three main buildings on the waterfront, a ward for concubines, a small two-story building and outbuildings on the backside.

On May 30, 1876, Sultan Abdülaziz was deposed by his ministers. He moved to Feriye Palace at his own request after a four-day stay in Topkapı Palace. Shortly after, he was found wrists cut at Feriye Palace. This was documented as a suicide at the time.

Various members of the Ottoman imperial court resided in Feriye Palace until March 3, 1924, the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate by the parliament of the newly founded Republic of Turkey. The buildings remained vacant for a period of time following the external deportation of the last caliph Abdülmecid II together with the court members.


Galatasaray University is located at Ortaköy within the borough of Beşiktaş, a populated central district on the European side of İstanbul. The building which accommodates Galatasaray University was originally the Feriye Palace, a coastal summer palace on the Bosphorus built in 1871.

In 1871 during the reign of Sultan Abdülaziz, the building was built by Ottoman Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan. The building was used as a dormitory for the female students of the Galatasaray High School until 1992, when it was inaugurated as the Galatasaray University.

The Galatasaray Education and Training Institution was transformed into a university on June 6th, 1994, and received the name of “Galatasaray University” as a state university in accordance with its legal status.

Despite having received the university status, the institution kept the character of being an integral education and training institution, and Galatasaray High School and Galatasaray Primary School connected to it were also identified as education units affiliated to the Rectorship.

Galatasaray University offers following programs :
Faculty of Communication, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Department of Computer Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Law school

Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
Department of International Relations, Department of Business Administration, Department of Economics, Department of Political Sciences

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Communication

Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Department of Computer Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering

Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Department of Comparative Linguistics and Applied Languages, Department of Mathematics


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Phone : +90 212 227 4480
Fax : +90 212 259 2085

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