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Çiragan Palace

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ImageThe Persian word 'cherag' which means torch, lends its name to this palace which was lined by torches during the Ottoman parties in the tulip gardens in the latter part of the 18th century. The palace foundations were laid in 1855 when Sultan Abdülaziz   ordered the construction of a grand palace to be built as a monument to his reign. In 1946 the Parliament handed the property over to the Municipality, which for the next 40 years used it as a town dump as well as a soccer field. In 1986 the Kempinski Hotel Group bought the palace as a showcase of suites for its luxury hotel next door.  The vast palace grounds which stretch along 390 m of coastline can only be visited as part of a stop-off at the main hotel. A number of other buildings outside the palace complex are being now used as schools. One of the outer palaces called 'Feriye' has now been restored and converted into a restaurant and cinema complex.

Location: Çiragan Cad  

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