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Discover a Hidden Ottoman Treasure

Nestled in the lively district of Besiktas, the Ihlamur Pavilion is a small yet breathtakingly beautiful residence from the Ottoman Empire. Covering an area of 24,727 square meters, this pavilion takes its name from the linden trees that flourish in its surroundings. The architectural splendor and intricate design elements of the pavilion reflect the grace and grandeur of its time.

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Detailed commentary on the palace's history, architecture, and the lives of its residents.

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Covers all key areas of the palace, including the two different Pavillion inside the beautiful gardens.

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About the Ihlamur Pavillions

Welcome to the Ihlamur Pavilion, an Ottoman Empire's small, yet incredibly stunning, place of residence. This pavilion spans over 24,727 square meters and is located in the vibrant district of Besiktas. Its name derives from the Turkish word for linden trees, which are abundant in the area. The pavilion boasts exquisite architectural details and design elements that display the elegance and sophistication of its era. With the Istanbul Tourist Pass®, you can learn more about the pavilion and its unique features.

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Hours & Meeting

You can visit Ihlamur Pavillions every day except Mondays

Open from 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM.

Closed on Public Holidays. 

How To Get There?

The Ihlamur Pavilion is conveniently located in the Besiktas district of Istanbul.

To reach the pavilion, you can take public buses and then walk a short distance. Alternatively, taxis are readily available and can drop you off directly at the entrance. 

The closest metro station is Yıldız, an 8-minute walk from Ihlamur Kasrı. Take the M7 line to reach the station.


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This is not a guided tour. Enjoy discovering Ihlamur Pavilions at your own pace by listening to the specially curated Audio Guide.

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Children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age. Children under 5 can enter the museum for free. 

The museum is closed to visitors on Mondays.

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All About Ihlamur Pavillions Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide

The Ihlamur Pavilions are situated in the Ihlamur Valley, nestled between the hills of Beşiktaş, Yıldız, and Nişantaşı. Historically, from the 18th century to the early 20th century, this area served as a popular country excursion spot. The valley, adorned with plane and linden trees, was shaded by the Fulya stream.

Origins and Development

The lower part of the valley, which includes the Ihlamur Pavilions, was initially owned by Hacı Hüseyin Agha, the administrator of the imperial dockyard during Sultan Ahmed III's reign (1703-1730). Later, it became state property and was transformed into an imperial garden. Historical markers, such as archery stones in the upper valley, indicate that Sultan Selim III (1789-1807) and Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839) held archery contests in this area.

Sultan Abdülmecid's Transformations

Under Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-1861), the third part of the valley was cultivated and designed as the "Conversation Garden." Between 1848 and 1855, he replaced the modest pavilion mentioned by French poet Lamartine with two new pavilions, renaming the area "Nüzhetiye," which means "relief, freshness, joy, and happiness."

Later Uses and Historical Significance

During Sultan Abdülaziz's reign (1861-1876), the imperial garden hosted various entertainments and wrestling matches, remaining a favored location for subsequent sultans and their families. After the proclamation of the Republic, the Ihlamur Pavilions were transferred to the İstanbul Municipality in 1951 and housed the Tanzimat (Reorganization) Museum.

In 1966, the Ihlamur Pavilions were allocated to National Palaces, and following extensive landscaping, they were opened to the public as a museum in 1985, showcasing their original furnishings.

The Pavilions: Ceremonial and Retinue

The Ihlamur Pavilions consist of two main structures:

Ceremonial Pavilion: This pavilion served as the Sultan’s office and reception area. It is an architectural marvel featuring an entrance hall, two side rooms, a baroque-styled staircase, and intricate relief decorations. The interior boasts a Western-style decor, favored in 19th-century Ottoman palaces, with European furniture and furnishings complementing the design.

Retinue Pavilion: This pavilion was designated for the Sultan’s entourage and family. Its traditional architecture includes a central hall-like room surrounded by corner rooms, with walls adorned with stucco work imitating marble in various colors.

Both pavilions were primarily used for day trips by the sultans and to entertain foreign dignitaries, reflecting the blend of personal and official use during their time.

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Ihlamur Pavillions Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry with Audio Guide Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Ihlamur Pavilions?

The Ihlamur Pavilions are historical Ottoman-era buildings located in the Besiktas district of Istanbul. They served as residences and day-trip spots for sultans and their families and are now open to the public as a museu

When are the Ihlamur Pavilions open to the public?

The pavilions are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, except on Mondays. It's best to check the official website for any updates or special closures before planning your visit.

How much does it cost to visit the Ihlamur Pavilions?

As of June 2024, the entrance ticket to Ihlamur Pavillions is 130 TL for foreign visitors.

Where are the Ihlamur Pavilions located?

The Ihlamur Pavilions are located at Ihlamur Cad. No: 24, 34353 Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey. They are easily accessible by public transportation or taxi.

What facilities are available on-site?

Facilities include restrooms, a café, and a gift shop. Guided tours and informational brochures are available at the entrance.

Are the Ihlamur Pavilions accessible to visitors with disabilities?

While the pavilions and gardens are generally accessible, certain areas may have limited access due to the historical nature of the buildings.

Is photography allowed at the Ihlamur Pavilions?

Yes, photography is allowed in most areas, but the use of flash and tripods may be restricted to protect the interiors and artifacts. Please follow the guidelines provided by the staff.

How long should I plan to spend at the Ihlamur Pavilions?

Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours to thoroughly explore the pavilions and their beautiful surroundings.

What is the best way to reach the Ihlamur Pavilions?

Public transportation options such as buses and the metro can take you to Besiktas, from where the pavilions are a short walk away. Taxis are also convenient alternatives.

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