Yildiz Palace Museum
Yildiz Palace Museum (Barbaros Bulvari, Serencebey Yokusu, No. 62 Besiktas/ Istanbul) — The first pavilion on this site was built by Sultan Ahmed I, during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. At the end of the 18th century, Sultan Selim III built Yıldız Pavilion for his mother Sultan Mihrişah and a fountain for his father. Sultan Albulaziz, who stayed at the Yıldız Köşk (kiosk) during summers, added state apartments and more kiosks to the structure.
The main construction was started during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II, and the pavilion was called Saray-i Humayun (Central Palace). Throughout this period, buildings for the Sultan’s private use, as well as repair and carpenter’s shops, theaters, museums and more were added to the structure. In 1978 the Pavilion was conveyed to the Ministry of Culture and started to operate as a museum under the name of ‘Directorate of the Museum of Yildiz Palace’ from 1993. The museum houses objects from the converted carpentry workshop of Sultan Abdülhamid II, as well as exquisite porcelain, vases, and gifts sent to the Sultan.
Admission: 10 TL per person. Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm daily (closed on Tuesdays).