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Yildiz Park Istanbul

Yildiz Park Istanbul
Until well into the Ottoman period the wooded slopes of Besiktas Hill remained intact until Sultan Ahmed I laid a royal park (hasbahçe) around a small hunting lodge that covered 500,000 square metres of the hillside. The Yildiz Park you see today was originally laid at the start of the 19th century for Mihrisah Sultan, the mother of Sultan Selim III, on what was land that formed the gardens of the Ciragan Palace .
During the 19th and 20th centuries the park developed into a complex of buildings and gardens with different dates and styles, more similar to the layout of Topkapi Palace than that of Dolmabahce.

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 Park

There 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 Visit

Places that you can visit in Yildiz Park are:  Yildiz Chalet (Yildiz Sale), Yildiz Park Pavilions and Yildiz Palace Buildings.

Getting to Yildiz Park

The 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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