Yıldız Palace Complex


Yıldız Palace Complex is part of the Tentative list of Turkey in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Yıldız Palace Complex in Istanbul was the seat of the Ottoman government during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It shows the adaptation of European style architecture and landscape design. It is a large complex with public buildings, pavillions and gardens. Its on site imperial porcelain factory was based on traditional Turkish ceramic tile making.

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 05-Feb-19 -

Yıldız Palace Complex (T) by Zoë Sheng

I should have done my research before heading all the way north to find it closed as mentioned previously, and only the outside of the mosque was available for a photo (don't find it special and is it even part of the nomination?). I approached the barriers and the police told me it is closed for renovations. Then I figured I can take a photo from the outside but no… Not allowed.

So just to pad the review with info for the future, take the T1 tram to the end and then switch to one of the many buses stopping right in front of it (Google map is your friend there but apparently doesn't know the palace is closed!) Not much walking up the hill is required. There is a playground nearby if you want to ditch the kids for a bit ;)

Will surely return to Istanbul one day to see.



Germany - 27-Jun-18 -

Yıldız Palace Complex (T) by Nan

On my last day in Istanbul I made my way to the Yildiz Palace in Besiktas. It is currently (2018) undergoing renovations and not accessible to the public. The only exception is the mosque next to the entry.

I was all alone when I entered the mosque and it was quite impressive. The striking feature here is how 19th century Europe is creeping into the old Ottoman style. It still follows the architectural template set by Sinan centuries earlier, but makes use of 19th century building technology and European fashion.


I am hard pressed to fully judge the OUV seeing I was only able to visit the mosque. Personally, I would prefer a serial nomination of the Ottoman palaces of Istanbul, specifically Dolmabahce Palace.

Getting There

The palace is only connected by bus. Neither tram nor subway will take you there directly. I ended up walking 30min or so from the end of tram line at Kabatas passing the Dolmabahce Palace along the way.

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Yıldız Palace Complex
2015 Revision

Formerly part of former TWHS Istanbul Bosphorus (1984)

2015 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Yıldız Palace Complex

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