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DOLMABAHCE PALACE ( DOLMABAHCE SARAYI )
Dolmabahce Imperial Place built in 1853 at Sultan Abdülmecit era and it is located in Besiktas district of Istanbul.
This beautiful palace inhabited by the Ottoman Sultan and his royal family, who used this handsome building as their main house, abandoning the centuries old Topkapi Palace.
Dolmabahce is one of the most beautiful of building with see front of 200ft long (600mt.) on the Bosphorus. The structure was a symbol of Turkey's march away from its past and towards the European mainstream.
The most important part of this palace is the vast reception salon, with 56 columns, and a huge, seven hundred and fifty bulbs, crystal chandelier which weighs 4.5 metric tons. The architecture of the Harem is a stark contrast to that of the rest of the palace.
The Bird Pavilion, where birds from all over the world were kept, is unique to this palace. This magnificent palace is open everyday except Monday and Thursday.
ATATÜRK, founder of the Turkish Republic past his last days here and died on the 10th of November, 1938. Picture on left shown the historical room where he past away.
Palace is open for public every day, except Mondays & Thursdays, beetwen 09:30 am to 05:00 pm. For more information call  236-9000
Click here for viewing a wonderful photo slide show presented by Dick Osseman from Netherlands.
BEYLERBEYI PALACE ( BEYLERBEYI SARAYI
Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz built this summer palace on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in 1865. With a style and opulence fitting of a former Sultan residence, the Beylerbeyi is filled with beautiful marble, gorgeous crystal mirrors, gold-encrusted decorations and fabulous ornamental furnishings. This palace also have a beautiful garden with magnolia trees and was used as a guest house for visiting foreign dignitaries.
If you'll take a tour inside you'll see, the Turkish architectural influence will be evident not only in the decor, but also in the overall three-part design of the building that includes a harem and men's quarters on opposite sides, separated by a grand central hall.
Beylerbeyi Palace open daily between 9:30-5:00 p.m. except Tuesdays. For more information call:  321-9320 .
EUROPEAN FORTRESS ( RUMELI HISARI )
European Fortress or RUMELI HISARI in Turkish was built by Sultan Mehmet ,the Conqueror in 1452, one year prior to the conquest of Constantinople(Istanbul). It has been completed in a very short time of only four months.
RUMELI HISARI is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture in the world. If you take a excursion trip on the Bosphorus you'll amaze with view of this beautiful fortress.
The amphitheatre inside is still used during the Istanbul Music Festival.
This natural open air museum is open daily between 09:30-16:30, except Wednesdays. Call for more information:  263-5305
ANATOLIAN FORTRESS ( ANADOLU HISARI )
Anadolu Hisari built in era of Ottoman Sultan Beyazid I in 1393 and it is located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. The main reason of this fortress was to cut off Constantinople's access to the Black Sea. The castle is a romantic sight of Istanbul, especially at sunset.
No telephone and the interior is not open for viewing.
BEYAZIT TOWER ( BEYAZIT KULESI )
Beyazit Tower (also known as Beyazid) is located in Beyazit district of Istanbul and actually it is exactly within the grounds of Istanbul University.
Tower used long time as fire watchtower and it is 280 ft (85 mt) high. If those of you are visiting Istanbul's Grand Bazaar can't miss it.
Open daily and admission is free.
GALATA TOWER (GALATA KULESI)
Galata Tower is 205 ft (62 mt) high and it build in 1348. Until 1960s the Galata Tower was used as a fire watchtower but then it was restored and commercialized.
From the top tower offers a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the old city of Istanbul. It is a one of a kind place for photographers.
When you visit Istanbul you might consider spending one of your evening at the tower and enjoy its popular restaurant/bar and the show at night club.
For more information and restaurant reservation call:  293-8180 or e-mail
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Istanbul is a divided city, split by the Bosphorus, the narrow channel that separates Europe from Asia.
Ironically, the Asian side holds Western-style suburbs, while the European side contains old Istanbul, a wonderland of mosques, opulent palaces, and Byzantine ruins from the city's 16 centuries as a world power.
SULTANAHMET SQUARE forms the center of Istanbul's historical, cultural and touristic activities. You should take particular walk of the surrounding for wooden houses around.
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Your stay in Istanbul is not complete without the traditional and unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia.
Bosphorus shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty. Modern hotels stand next to yali (shorefront wooden villas), marble palaces abut rustic stone fortresses, and elegant compounds neighbor small fishing villages.
The best way to see the Bosphorus is to board one of the passenger boats that regularly zigzag along the shores. You embark in Eminönü and stop alternately on the Asian and European sides of the strait.
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