The Ihlamur Kasrı is a green oasis in the middle of the city. It got its name from the countless Linden trees it was built within, Linden translates to ıhlamur in Turkish. The Ihlamur Kasrı is a former imperial Ottoman summer palace, built during the rule of Sultan Abdülmecid. The construction of this small palace was completed in 1857 and it is located in the neighborhood of Beşiktaş. It’s architect was Nikogos Balyan, a famous imperial architect at that time.
Within the area you can find two buildings, the main palace is called Merasim Kiosk and the secondary building is called Maiyet Kiosk. The main building was used for ceremonies and is more ornate, it impresses with a grand staircase leading to the entrance.
The palace is beautifully surrounded by a garden with a small pond. You can find different animals inhabiting the park such as ducks, bunnies and peacocks. There is also a little cafe within the garden where you can have snacks and drinks while enjoying the unique atmosphere.
The area invites you to take a stroll around, savor the beautiful parklike garden and enjoy the stunning architecture. You can feed the ducks, watch the cute bunnies and admire the colorful peacocks. The plants, flowers and trees are in great condition and taken care of very well and are nice to look at.
Ihlamur Kasrı is a real hidden gem in the middle of the busy city. The entrance fee to visit the palace & garden is 20 TL, but you can also get a ticket to only visit the garden which is 5 TL. The opening hours are 09:00 – 18:00, but the latest entrance is allowed at 17:00. Be aware that the Ihlamur Palace is closed on Mondays.
The adress of Ihlamur Palace is: Teşvikiye, Av. Süreyya Ağaoğlu Sk. 80, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul. You can find the exact location on the map if you zoom in.