Friday, November 22, 2013

İhlamur Pavilions - Beşiktaş

Today's photo trek takes place at Beşiktaş, one of the bussiest neighborhoods in İstanbul which is located at the European side of the city.   To get to the Ihlamur Pavilion is really easy and you can just walk 15 minutes from Beşiktaş İskelesi thru the Ihlamurdere Cd. (street).  The Pavilion  is open everyday except Mondays and Thursdays and the entrance hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  This photo trek will take two hours and the entrance to the pavilion would cost 2 TL.
İhlamur Valley was beautiful countryside around Beşiktaş, Yıldız and Nişantaşi slopes.  According to historical sources, it is understood that the valley where Fulya stream flew, was shaded by plane trees and linden trees.
The Ceremonial Pavilion.
The first part of the valley belonged to Hacı Hüseyin Agha, one of the trustees for the shipyard.  During the period of Sultan Ahmed III (1703-1730) participating in the state treasury of the Sultan.The area was turned into an ımperial garden (Hasbahçe).

Historical fountain.
Sultan Selim III (1789-1807) and Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839) had had their contest of shot with musicians at the rising Yıldız quartier and the shooting cornerstores reached today.   Theses stones still bear the degrees and the dates of the sultans' shots.
 Gardens of Ihlamur Pavilions.
During the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-1861) the pavilion added the third part of the so-called Muhabbet Baheçsi.  The landscape was carried out with the set point regulation, too.

The Retinue Pavilion wich offers cafeteria service today.
French poet Lamartine, in 1846 entertained as the guest of the Sultan Abdülmecid at the İhlamur Pavilion and its environments, he descried in his memories:
"The building faces to a beautiful garden with fruit trees and linden trees. İn front of the three stepped stairs of the pavilion, jasmines does not exceed the lenght of the branches of a small fountain, falling into the marble pool with a sweet gurgle.  Linden pavilion was the sultan's favorite place. He rests and makes meditation here". 

 Gardens of Ihlamur Pavilions.

İnstead of this modest pavilion that Lamartine metioned, Sultan Abdülmecid had the actual pavilions constructed between the years 1848-1855.  Sultan called this the region as "Nüzhetiyeé" meaning space, freshness and joy.

Turtles at the main water fountain.
Sultan Abdülaziz (1861-1876) held a variety of fun and wresting at the gardes of the pavilion. İn the following years the pavilion continued to be frequented by the sultan and his family for trips. 

 Garden front door entrance.

Autum reflections.

Detail from the facade decoration.
After the declaration of Republic of Turkey,  the Grand National Assembly of Turkey gave  the pavilion to the Istanbul Municipality and it was organized as Tanzimat Museum.

Details form the staircase entrance. 


Entrance stairs.

Structures which were transferred to the National Palaces in 1966 were opened to visit in 1985. The palace museums maintain the original objects and complete arrangements.

A room at the Ceremonial Pavilion.

A room in the Ceremonial Pavilion.

Second floor.

Details at the balcony at Ceremonia Pavilion.

Main entrance to the Ceremonial Pavilion.

The information shared in this blog  is taken from the brochure elaborated by the Organization that promotes all the National Palaces in Turkey.

The Beşiktaş neighborhood is a famous area within the city. If you stop by you must visit this pavilion. Outside the streets are bussy and plenty of shops, inside the place is peaceful and you are being transported to the old days where this area was a countryside.  It was a nice autum morning with fresh air. I hope you enjoyed the views!

Soreya Reyes

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