Yildiz Park Istanbul
From an aerial view of the lake you can see it is shaped like the monogram (tuğra) of Abdulhamid II. The Turkish Touring and Automobile Associate rescued and restored the park in the 1980 and it has since passed back to the responsibility of the municipality.
Visiting Yildiz ParkThere are some buildings that are open to the public and visitors can walk the many paths, driveways and around the lake where they once kept wild animals on the islands.
Places to VisitPlaces that you can visit in Yildiz Park are: Yildiz Chalet (Yildiz Sale), Yildiz Park Pavilions and Yildiz Palace Buildings.
Getting to Yildiz ParkThe best way is to take a bus along the shore road from Kabatas at the end of the tram line from Sultanahmet or from Barbaros Boulevard at Besiktas . The Yildiz site is in two separate parts; the palace buildings are separated from the Park and the Chalet by the high wall which you cannot pass directly between these sections and visitors have divert all the way round the exterior of the Park. It is best to access the main imperial complex and museums from Barbaros Boulevard just after the Conrad Hotel. Access to the Chalet and surrounding park is from the main entrance across from Ciragan Palace and note that the hillside here is extremely steep and you may want to take a taxi to the Chalet at the top and walk down from there.
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