As one of the older neighborhoods of Istanbul, Beşiktaş is located on the Bosphorus and surrounded by Kabataş, Ortaköy and Taksim districts
ISTANBUL — Yıldız Palace - Chalet The palace dates back to the Byzantine period and covers over 500,000 square meters, overlooks the Bosphorus in Beşiktaş and received its name from a kiosk known as "Yıldız" which Selim III built for his mother Mihrişah Valide Sultan.
The kiosk has three sections surrounded by high walls. The first section was constructed in 1880 with additions made in 1889 and 1898, making the building a state guest house.
The coppice, which became known as the Kazancioglu Garden after the Turkish conquest of Istanbul, was one of the private gardens of the sultan during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617).
Yıldız Palace became the fourth administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkapı Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace.
The three-story kiosk with a basement was constructed from wood and stone. The elegant staircase connects the floors of the chalet with seven doors and wooden windows. It is the 406-square-meter ceremonial hall that will capture your gaze as you marvel at its beauty. Here, muayede ceremonies were performed during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II. The furniture, decorated with pearls, gives the dining hall the name Sedefli Salon. This furniture was brought from the Çırağan Palace and made by Sultan Abdulhamid II at the imperial workshop inside Yıldız Palace. With the exception of the dining hall, the palace has a European Style and furnishing.
Dolmabahçe Palace Built in 1856 by the 31st Ottoman sultan, Sultan Abdulmecid, the palace consists of three parts and 285 rooms, 44 reception rooms and six hamams.
The imperial mabeyn were used for administrative affairs of the state, the muayede salon (ceremonial hall) was used during festive occasions for exchanging of bayram (end-of-Ramadan) greetings of the sultan with dignitary statesmen and some state ceremonies.
The imperial harem was used as the private residence of the sultan and his family. The three-story palace is parallel to the sea, with the back side adding another story. Traces of Western influence are evident in the style, detail and ornaments. Dolmabahçe Palace, hosted six sultans and also the last Ottoman Caliph Abdulmecid Efendi. The palace that was used as the office of the president between 1927 and 1949. It now serves as a museum.
Yıldız Park One of Istanbul's largest parks is also a historical site which lies between Yıldız Palace and Ciragin Palace. Originally a part of the imperial garden at Yıldız Palace, this park was used only for palace dwellers and was once a forest used as hunting grounds during the Byzantine era. Today the magnificent garden, which has a panoramic view of the Bosporus, is a wonderland of flowers and plants that dates back to the Ottoman era and features plants such as magnolia, bay leaves, Judas trees, silver limes and horse-chestnuts. The two pavilions, Çadır and Malta, are used as tea houses and cafes and are seen in all their glory in summer evenings and Sunday mornings for brunch.
Beşiktaş Beşiktaş would not be Beşiktaş without the mention of it's stadium. originally named the Dolmabahçe Stadium but now referred to as the İnönü Stadyumu, it was designed by Italian architect Paolo Vietti-Violi in collaboration with Şinasi Şahingiray and Fazıl Aysu and inaugurated on 19 May 1947 by İsmet İnönü,the second President of Turkey and Lütfi Kırdar, the Governor of Istanbul. .The original foundation was laid on May 19, 1939 but construction was put on hold because of World War Two. The stadium that was demolished only to be rebuilt in the same location is now called Vodafone Arena. The first match to have been played at the stadium was between Beşiktaş JK and AIK Stockholm of Sweden on 27 November 1947.