The Ciragan Festivals, torch festivals held in the Kazancolu Gardens, also known as the Ciragan Palace in the 17th century, were well-known. The Ciragan Palace is home to some of the finest examples of stone artistry. The Ciragan Palace, which acts as the location for the important event, is decorated with bizarre pencil sketches and golden-gilded furniture. The palace, which had hosted countless social events, is now a coastal hotel as a result of the additions.
The first structure in the Ciragan Palace was constructed by Damat Brahim Pasha of Nevşehir, who gave it the name Fatma Sultan in honour of his wife. The old home was destroyed and the palace area was reconstructed in 1834 by II Sultan Mahmut. In 1857, Sultan II ruled. Mahmut had built a palace, which Abdulmecit demolished, but Mahmut died in 1863 before a replacement palace could be finished. The new palace was completed in 1871 by Abdulaziz, one of the most important sultans of the Ottoman Empire. The timber construction of the ancient palace was replaced during this period by new stone foundations. The magnificently embroidered gate was made by Vortik Kemhaciyan.
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The palace was built with the world’s most priceless stones as well as materials with extraordinary aesthetics, like mother-of-pearl. According to records, 2.5 million gold were expended throughout the palace construction, which started in 1863 and ended in 1871. In 1909, Meclis-i Mebusan first utilised the palace as a service structure. The palace completely burned destroyed in less than 5 hours due to the 1910 fire. After the last repairs, all construction was completed in 2006.
How to Get to Ciragan Palace
The Ciragan Palace is located on Ciragan Street in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş neighbourhood. Ciragan may be easily reached from several places in Istanbul. Passengers can travel to Ciragan by ETT buses departing from Beşiktaş, Kabataş, Taksim, and Saryer.