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Yildiz Park

altYildiz Park (Turkish for star) is built on the side of a hill beside the Bosphorus, and was once the imperial gardens of Yildiz Palace.  Today it's one of Istanbul's largest and most pleasant public parks.  The panoramic views of the Bosphorus are spectacular.  There are gardens with a wide variety of flowers and trees.  The shade can be especially nice on hot summer days.

Yildiz Palace was built in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire by Sultan Abdulhamit II.  The highlight is the Yildiz Şale, a guest house built and expanded for stays by Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II.  The interior is magnificently decorated and definitely worth a visit.  The palace itself is open to the public as a museum.

The park is a pleasant place, especially in the evening.  Yildiz Palace is less crowded than some of Istanbul's other palaces, but not necessarily as impressive.  It's definitely a nice change of pace from Yildiz Palace
Location: Yildiz Park, Beşiktaş
Hours: Open daily Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday 09:30-16:00 (October-February); 09:30-17:00 (March-September)
Admission: Admission charge.


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