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New openings in 2024

The St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye) is re-opened after years of restorations as a mosque and a museum.

Entrance fees in 2024

As of 1st of March 2024, many State museums' fees are set in Euros, to be paid its equivalent in Turkish Liras.

Museum Pass

You can buy the "Museum Pass" for foreigners which is valid for 5 days in various museums of Istanbul.

Museums open 7 days

Many State museums in Istanbul operate 7 days a week, except Topkapi Palace.

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Ciragan Palace

The name Ciragan derives from the Persian word "cerag", meaning torch. The area in which the palace is located was called as Ceragan because of the famous Ottoman festivities which were held in tulip gardens decorated with torches in the evenings, this was known as Çiragan Festivals. The palace was built during the reign of sultan Abdulmecit and was designed by the Armenian architect, Nigogos Balyan. The building was constructed on the European shores of the Bosphorus, between Besiktas and Ortaköy neighborhoods, using financial loans obtained for restructuring the water system of Istanbul and the construction of a new railway. The construction took about 12 years. This was the last palace built by the Ottoman Empire for the royal family.

The main building was destroyed by a fire in 1910 which broke out in the central heating vents, leaving only the exterior walls from the structure. However, it was renovated in the 90's and with the addition of a modern hotel building the palace was converted into a luxury hotel, becoming one of the Leading Hotels of the World under the management of international hotel chains of Kempinski. Today, it's the most expensive hotel in Turkey.

The other surviving buildings of the complex are being used as schools today. There is also a fine restaurant inside the palace section which is overlooking the Bosphorus.

Çiragan Palace Kempinski
Çiragan Caddesi, 32
Besiktas - Istanbul
Phone: +90 212 3264646
Fax: +90 212 2596687

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