Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul,Turkey
Back to 1863, the Osman emperor Abdulaziz tore down the ancestors' palace, schools and mosques and built his own palace facing the Strait of Bosporus and backed by hills. This is also the last imperial palace of the whole Osman empire: Ciragan palace.
In 1910, Ciragan palace caught a fire, which burnt down all the interior of the fine wooden decoration, though the outer wall remained intact. In 1989, a visionary Japanese company bought the Ciragan palace; in 1992, they proceeded with the maintenance and expansion, and introduced the German hotel brand Kempinski. Now this palace has become one of the few "World History Hotel" members, and was also elected as the 14th of the 15 most expensive global hotels award on CNN Go.
Ciragan Palace is designed by the Armenia architect Nigogayos Balyan, and built by his two sons. In the 18th and 19th Century, the 9th architect in the Balyan family served the 6th Sultan of the Empire, and for this reason, a large number of architectural masterpieces were preserved due to the Westernization of the Osman architecture.
There is no modern luxury decoration on the wall, just some old paintings. The green marble pillars reflect the elegance of the hall, mottled and intriguing. From the high ceiling standing above all three floors, hung another an opulent chandelier, to remind people not to forget the former splendour of the old palace. Around the patio, on the handrail was installed vertically the curvy glass decoration, here, from the adequate lighting of the hall, come the shining glass pillars, together with the golden division in the middle and two sides, the design is simply amazing. The plaster and marble carving patterns on the wall show the traditional Turkish style, the exquisite handmade carpets in the corner also induced a strong feeling that one is somewhere else in Europe.
On the second floor of the Palace, the side facing the Strait was turned into a traditional Turkish restaurant, the cuisine and service level is as good as Michelin star restaurant in Paris. Between the hall and hotel building is a large square covering an area of more than two hectares, there you find the lawn.