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The Yıldız Palace, which is the last example of an Ottoman palace complex, is situated in what was a woods in Byzantine times. According to records the aresa was used as for hunting during the time of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

The architects of the palace are Sarkis and Agop Balyan and Raimondo d’Aronco. These three architects, with their own particular style of architecture and their richness of imagination, have ensured that Yıldız Palace, in terms of style and shape, is magnificant.

The palace’s true constructure began in Sultan Abdulhamit’s reign and it was given the name “The Royal Yıldız Palace”. Again in Abdulhamit’s time the land around the palace was purchased, now called “Yıldız Park”, and the outer garden spread over a wide area. In 1994 the palace was opened to visitors as a museum.

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