The Çırağan Palace, known as the Kazancıoğlu gardens in the 17th century, is named for its torch festivals called Çırağan festivals. In the Çırağan Palace you can find the richest examples of stone workmanship. In the Çırağan Palace, which hosts the important gathering, there are golden gilded furniture and psychedelic pencil works. Today, the palace, which hosts many social activities, has become a coastal hotel due to the additions added.
History of Çırağan Palace
The first work in the Çırağan Palace was constructed by Damat İbrahim Pasha of Nevşehir with the name of his wife Fatma Sultan. Sultan II. In 1834, Mahmut restructured the palace area and destroyed the original mansion. In 1857 Sultan II. The palace built by Mahmut was destroyed by Abdulmecit, but the construction of the new palace was abandoned due to the death in 1863. In 1871, the construction of the new palace was completed by Abdulaziz, one of the most important sultans of the Ottoman State. In this period, the old palace’s wooden building was demolished and new stone foundations were established. The priceless embroidered gate was made by Vortik Kemhaciyan.
In the construction of the Çırağan Palace, the most rare marbles from all over the world, as well as materials such as mother-of-pearl, which have excellent views, have been brought. It is seen in records that the Çırağan Palace, which started in 1863 and finished in 1871, spent 2.5 million gold for the construction process. In 1909, Çırağan Palace was started to be used as a service building of Meclis-i Mebusan. As a result of the fire in 1910, the palace burned completely within 5 hours. After the last repairs, all construction works were completed in 2006.
Where is The Çırağan Palace and How To Go There?
The Çırağan Palace is located on the Çırağan Street in Istanbul‘s Beşiktaş district. Çırağan is easily accessible from many points of Istanbul. It is possible to reach Çırağan by İETT buses which are moving from Beşiktaş, Kabataş, Taksim and Sarıyer.