Yildiz Palace

Istanbul's Hidden Gem

Yildiz Palace, situated in the Beşiktaş district on the European side of Istanbul, embodies the grandeur of the late Ottoman Empire. Constructed in the late 19th century during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II, this palace complex served as his primary residence and a venue for state affairs. Yildiz Palace seamlessly blends Ottoman and European architectural styles, featuring numerous pavilions, gardens, and decorative elements that highlight its historical significance and aesthetic appeal.

Today, visitors can explore the various sections of the palace, including the Şale Kiosk, Malta Kiosk, and the picturesque gardens that offer a tranquil escape within the bustling city.

This page provides essential visitor information, historical highlights, and fascinating facts about Istanbul's hidden gem, Yildiz Palace.

History of Yildiz Palace

HISTORY

CONSTRUCTION

The original Yildiz Palace was commissioned by Sultan Selim III in the late 18th century, but it was Sultan Abdulhamid II who expanded it into the sprawling complex seen today. The palace became the center of administration during Abdulhamid II’s reign, symbolizing the Sultan's authority and the empire's grandeur.

A RESIDENCE AND A STATE CENTER

Throughout its history, Yildiz Palace was not only the Sultan’s residence but also a political hub. It hosted many important events and dignitaries, showcasing the Ottoman Empire's cultural and diplomatic prowess. The palace complex reflects the opulence and intricacy of late Ottoman architecture, providing a glimpse into the era's artistic and cultural values.

ARCHITECTURE

Yildiz Palace, a splendid example of Ottoman architecture, features an array of buildings, including the Şale Kiosk, Malta Kiosk, and various other structures. The interiors are adorned with luxurious decorations such as intricate woodwork, fine porcelain, and elaborate textiles. The Şale Kiosk, in particular, is renowned for its rich décor and European-inspired design, showcasing the eclectic tastes of the period.

THE PALACE TODAY

In the 20th century, Yildiz Palace was transformed into a museum, inviting visitors to explore its opulent history and architectural beauty. Today, it remains a cherished cultural landmark, offering an immersive experience of Ottoman palace life and its historical context.

Visitor Information

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesdays to Sundays

CLOSED

Mondays

IMPORTANT

 Yildiz Palace is currently closed due to renovation.

YILDIZ PALACE: HOURS & ADMISSION

Opening Times: Yildiz Palace is open daily except Mondays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Closing Days: Yildiz Palace is closed on every Monday and the following days:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (April 23)
  • Labor and Solidarity Day (May 1)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Days of the Ramadan Bayram (Dates vary according to the Islamic calendar)
  • Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sports Day (May 19)
  • Democracy and National Unity Day (July 15)
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Days of the Feast of Sacrifice (Dates vary according to the Islamic calendar)
  • Victory Day (August 30)
  • Republic Day (October 29)

Interesting Facts about Yildiz Palace



Quick Facts

  • Original Name: Yıldız Sarayı (lit. the Palace of the Star)
  • Address: Yildiz Mah. Çırağan Cad. No: 62, Beşiktaş/Istanbul
  • Built: Late 19th century
  • Architect: Sarkis Balyan 
  • Architectural style: A blend of traditional Ottoman and European influences.
  • Area: Approximately 500,000 square meters
  • Number of Visitors per year: 350,000 [2023] 



Fun Facts


How to get to Yildiz Palace

Yildiz Palace is located in the Beşiktaş neighborhood on the European shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, not far from the Dolmabahçe Palace.

Getting there:
Visitors can take a bus or a taxi from central Istanbul locations such as Taksim, Kabataş, or Beşiktaş. The palace is also accessible by ferry, with the nearest ferry stop being at Beşiktaş, followed by a short taxi or bus ride. For those driving, the palace is accessible via Barbaros Boulevard, offering a scenic drive through the heart of Istanbul.