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Ciragan Palace Istanbul

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Kempinski Ciragan Palace Hotel

The former Ottoman Ciragan Palace is today a 5-star hotel that is part of the chain of Kempinski hotels, located on the shores of the Bosphoros on Istanbul’s European side in between Besiktas and Ortakoy . The hotel is listed at No.14 on the “World's 15 Most Expensive Hotel Suites” as it has the Sultan’s Suite with a room rate of $15,000 U.S. dollar per night.

History of Ciragan Palace

The palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdulaziz, designed by the palace architect Nigogayos Balyan, and constructed by his sons Sarkis and Hagop Balyan who built it from 1863 to 1867. This was a time when all Ottoman sultans built their own palace rather than using those of their ancestors.  Ciragan Palace was the last to be built during this time and had inner walls and roof made of wood, and outer walls made from coloured marble, along with very high garden wall built around the palace to protect it from the outside world. From a hill behind Ciragan Palace there is a beautiful marble bridge that connects to Yildiz Palace .

The palace’s construction and the interior decoration continued until 1872 and unfortunately, after being dethroned, Sultan Abdulaziz died shortly after and never
lived in this magnificent building, and his successor and nephew Sultan Murad V moved in.  Murad V only reigned for 90 days as due to his mental illness he was deposed by his brother Abdulhamid II, who placed Murad under house arrest until he died in 1904. Sultan Mehmet V Resat permitted parliament to hold meetings in Ciragan Palace and just two months later in 1910 a great fire destroyed the palace and only the outer walls remained intact.  

Transforming into a hotel

A Japanese corporation purchased the palace in 1989 and restored it into the modern hotel complex and gardens seen today and along with its luxurious rooms and suites it has 2 very nice restaurants. Ciragan Palace was renovated again in 2007 and looks more like the original and authentic building it once was with its baroque style and soft pastel colours.  

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