Ihlamur Pavilion – Istanbul – Turkey

The Ihlamur Pavilion is a former imperial Ottoman summer palace that was constructed during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid I (1839-1860). The palace is named forthe linden trees in the surrounding garden. The architecture is similarto that of Dolmabahçe Palace and consists of two pavilions designed by the famous imperial architect Nigoğos Balyan in 1869 and 1855. The first, called Merasim Pavilion, was used for official ceremonies in Turkey. The second, Maiyet Pavilion, housed the sultan’s entourage and occasionally his harem on their outings fromDolmabahçe Palace.

The Imperial Gate was reserved for the Sultan, his family, and royal visitors only. The other two gates were used by foreign diplomats and guests. Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876) held a variety of activities and wrestling competitions in the gardens of the pavilion. In the following years, the pavilion often served as a vacation home for the sultan and his family. After the declaration of the Republic of Turkey the pavilion was given to the use of the Istanbul Municipality. Since 1966 Ihlamur Pavilion has been open to the public.

The grounds of Ihlamur Pavilion are a great place for a stroll. The garden is designed in two different landscape styles. The section between the pavilions is in the Baroque style, while the part behind the buildings is a terrace garden. Today, the Maiyet Pavilion serves as a cafeteria for visitors. There’s a charming outdoor cafe open during the summer season where visitors can buy snacks and drinks. It’s easy to relax and ignore the city traffic in this small, but lovely park.

Hours:

Open daily except for Mondays and Thursday

8:30 – 16:30 (November-March)

8:30 – 17:00 (April-October)

Tickets:

Adults 5 TL Student (with ID) 1 TL Children Free

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