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An interior shot of the Yıldız Palace.

An interior shot of the Yıldız Palace.

An Ottoman-era palace will serve as a presidential office and museum for President Abdullah Gül once restoration is complete, daily Vatan has reported.
The top floors of the Mabeyn Mansion, which is within the compounds of Yıldız Palace, will be used as an office and welcoming room for Gül's guests.
The ground floor, however, will become a museum for visitors.
A detailed restoration process is currently underway in the palace to restore the garden decorations, walls, roof and interior decorations. The project is expected to last until October 2013.
Furniture from other palaces has been requested for use in the interior, and chairs from Topkapı Palace and historic coffee tables from the Archaeology Museum have been sent for placement in the mansion.
Handmade carpets are being woven to be used in every room of the building.
The mansion, the largest building in the palace compound, was built around 1866 and was used by Ottoman rulers to welcome visiting officials.


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The Lion

7/13/2012 1:59:02 AM

vtiger, yeah, no need to mention the at least 14 other people involved in its gradual construction over 300 years right?

Hugh Bullet

7/12/2012 8:32:36 PM

Before jumping into the conclusion, lets think that intentions are good. But, with these people, I am very sceptical.

V Tiger

7/12/2012 7:24:47 PM

Yildiz palace as a palace was built in 1880 & not 1886 by the famous Armenian architect Sarkis Balian.

nimichi nimichi

7/12/2012 6:38:10 PM

This of course has nothing to do with reviving the Ottoman empire, let us see who will be the first sultan of the twenty first century.

mara mcglothin

7/12/2012 4:12:15 PM

Rennovations will be completed just in time for the arrival of the new Sultan, Oh I mean President!

Yousuf Halil

7/12/2012 2:33:00 PM

This palace is used by II.Abdulhamid who is most known for his totolitarian style of ruling the country for about 30 years.Of course he is also known for his ideals to unite the muslim world by using religion as a cement.I think,this convertion highly contains political messages which also includes Erdoğan's presidency dreams.

Socialist TRK

7/12/2012 1:38:15 PM

This is ridiculous, surely the entire palace should be a museum. Not to be used to stoke the ego of corrupt politicians!

Rimon Tree

7/12/2012 11:53:09 AM

This is highly symbolic and should not be underestimated! Wonder who the next president will be to reside in......
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