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Küçüksu Pavilion: An Ottoman Gem on the Bosphorus

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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00
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09:00 AM - 17:00

Nestled along the picturesque shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Kucuksu Pavilion, also known as Göksu Pavilion, stands as a charming testament to the opulent lifestyle of Ottoman royalty. This delightful summer retreat, with its architectural grace and serene surroundings, offers a glimpse into Turkey’s rich history and the lavish tastes of its rulers.

Kucuksu Pavilion located near Anatolian Castle was built by Nigoğayos Balyan in request of Abdülmecit in 1856 and 1857, where there was a wooden kiosk built in Mahmut I (1730-1754) period. Two stories were built on a cellar, and the façade has a very vibrant view in baroque-rococo style. The pavilion’s delicate ornamentation, arched windows, and intricate façade make it an architectural jewel that has stood the test of time.

The interior of Kucuksu Pavilion is equally remarkable, featuring lavishly decorated rooms with ornate ceilings, gilded moldings, and stunning crystal chandeliers. Each room is a reflection of Ottoman opulence and the artistry of the period.

Cellar was allocated to pantry and kitchen servants, upper floors were designed with four corner rooms opening to the hall. There is no bedroom because it was used for recreational and hunting purposes.Table in the second floor, which is climbed up by baroque style stairs,was made by Abdülhamid II during his prince period. Carpet on the floor is a Persian Carpet with various animal figures.

The pavilion’s surrounding gardens are a tranquil haven, replete with centuries-old trees, vibrant flora, and meandering pathways. These gardens, punctuated by fountains and seating areas, provide a serene escape from the bustle of the city and offer stunning vistas of the Bosphorus.

Küçüksu Pavilion, initially used as a summer residence for the Ottoman sultans, has also hosted foreign dignitaries and witnessed significant moments in history. Today, it serves as a museum, inviting visitors to explore the architectural, artistic, and historical treasures it holds.

The pavilion’s location along the Bosphorus adds to its allure. It provides an opportunity to experience a leisurely Bosphorus cruise, offering unique perspectives of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks and the scenic beauty of the strait.

In conclusion, Küçüksu Pavilion is a true gem in the heart of Istanbul. Its architectural splendor, historical significance, and tranquil surroundings make it a must-visit destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the opulent past of the Ottoman Empire. Whether you’re drawn to its artistry, history, or the serenity of its gardens, Küçüksu Pavilion offers a delightful journey through time and culture.

Küçüksu Pavilion reflects the last period of the Ottoman delight with valuable items and decorations. It can be visited every day except Mondays and Thursdays between 09:30 and 17:00 (16:00 in winter season).

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Göksu, Küçüksu Cd., 34810 Beykoz/İstanbul

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