Ihlamur Pavilion

Built by Sultan Abdulmecid I, this 19th-century beauty blends Ottoman and Western styles. Join us in unraveling the stories woven into its halls and gardens, a peaceful escape in the heart of the city.

Updated Date : 19.12.2023


Ihlamur Valley, nestled between the hills of Beşiktas, Yildiz, and Nisantasi, has a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Once a favored country excursion spot shaded by plane and linden trees along the Fulya stream, the valley holds tales of imperial gardens, archery contests, and royal leisure.

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Imperial Garden and Archery Contests:

In the 18th century, the lower part of Ihlamur Valley, including the Ihlamur Pavilions, belonged to Hacı Huseyin Agha, the administrator of the imperial dockyard during Sultan Ahmed III's reign. Archery stones, marking shooting contests by Sultan Selim III and Sultan Mahmud II, bear witness to the valley's historical significance.

Evolution into a Conversation Garden:

Sultan Abdulmecid transformed the third part of the valley into the "Conversation Garden." During Sultan Abdulaziz's reign, the imperial garden hosted entertainments and wrestling matches, continuing its popularity among subsequent rulers and their families.

Transition to the Republic:

After the proclamation of the Republic, Ihlamur Pavilions became the property of Istanbul Municipality in 1951. The Turkish Grand National Assembly assigned them to house the Tanzimat Museum.

Transformation into a Museum:

In 1966, the National Palaces took over the Ihlamur Pavilions, opening them to the public in 1985 after landscaping work. The Ceremonial Pavilion, a remarkable architectural feat, boasts a baroque-styled staircase and Western-style interior decor. The Retinue Pavilion, with traditional Ottoman architecture, features stucco work imitating marble.

Ihlamur Pavilion: A Historical Overview:

Initiated during Sultan Abdulmecid's reign, the Ihlamur Pavilions consist of the Ceremonial Pavilion and the Retinue Pavilion. The former, with baroque characteristics and Western-style interior decor, served as the Sultan's office and for receptions. The latter, a less ornate building, maintained traditional Ottoman architecture.

Modern-Day Ihlamur Pavilion:

Today, the Ihlamur Pavilion stands as a museum-palace, preserving the historical charm of its surroundings. The high walls protect it from the noise and chaos, allowing visitors to explore the Merasim Pavilion and the Maiyet Pavilion.

Merasim Pavilion and Maiyet Pavilion:

Built by Abdulmecid for Nigogos Balyan, the Merasim Pavilion is the original Ihlamur Pavilion, while the Maiyet Pavilion, a simpler structure, stands nearby. The Maiyet Pavilion, with its two floors and simple exterior ornamentation, offers a glimpse into the past with its straightforward interior decorations.

Legacy and Visitors:

After Abdulmecid's era, Abdulaziz showed less interest in the pavilions. However, Mehmed V found solace in the garden, hosting events and welcoming distinguished guests like the Bulgarian and Serbian Kings in 1910.

Ihlamur Valley and its pavilions stand as witnesses to centuries of history, from imperial gardens to archery contests and modern-day museums. The blend of Ottoman tradition and Western influence makes the Ihlamur Pavilion a timeless gem, inviting visitors to explore the rich tapestry of its past. Explore more with an Istanbul E-pass! 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the Ihlamur Pavilion?

    Ihlamur Pavilion in the Besiktas District. Full adress is Tesvikiye, Nisantası Ihlamur Yolu Sk., 34357 sisli/Istanbul

  • What is entrance price to Ihlamur Pavilion?

    Entrance price is 90 Turkish Liras. Student price is 30 Turkish Liras. International students between the ages of 12-25 are required to physically present their International Student Identity Card (ISIC: International Student Identity Card).

  • Is it worth visiting Ihlamur Pavilion?

    Absolutely, it is worth to visit Ihalmur Pavilion. Nestled in a peaceful valley, this charming spot offers a unique peek into the past with its beautiful architecture and cultural treasures. Don't miss the chance to discover the beauty of Ihlamur Pavilion in the heart of Istanbul!

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