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Adile Sultan Palace

Adile Sultan Palace is a former royal residence, which was used later as a school building, and is a cultural centre today located in Kandilli neighbourhood of İstanbul, Turkey.The palace was built for the Ottoman princess Adile Sultan (1825-1898), the daughter of Sultan Mahmud II (1785-1839) and the sister of the Sultans Abdulmecid (1823-1861) and Abdulaziz (1830-1876), by the legendary Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan. It was erected on the same place of a kiosk, which was presented to her by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1856. The palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdulaziz and built by the renowned court architect Sarkis Balyan in 1861. It stands at one of the most glorious places, on a hill, which is a headland in the middle of Bosphorus on the Asian shore. This location enables a wonderful panoramic view of Bosphorus reaching from Sea of Marmara to Black Sea seen out of all the rooms in three sides of the building. The palace with 55 rooms was on a ground of 17,000 m².Adile Sultan, a great and the only Turkish royal female poet having a Diwan, lived here until the death of her husband Mehmet Ali Pasha in 1868. She donated her residence to the state to be used as a high school for girls after her death in 1898. The Palace, which is planned to become one of the most esteemed organization place in Istanbul, has halls with high, gold failed ceilings, with a view of the Bosphorus. The Palace covers an area of 5625m2  including accommodates an oval hall for meeting and banqueting of 500 people, another two meeting halls for 200 people each, a 1300m2 hall for cocktails and exhibitions, 20 seminar rooms with 30-40 seats, the ‘’Palace Garden’’for 2000 p eople and various service units.  

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