Project Details

Şale Mansion is located within the Yıldız Palace Complex. The palace was built on an area of 500,000 m2 from the coast to the northwest. The construction of Yıldız Palace started in 1804-1805 during the reign of Selim III. Later, Mahmut II built a pavilion here, and interest in the area increased during the reigns of Sultan Abdülaziz and Abdülhamid II, but the area took its final shape with the construction of numerous pavilions and mansions added during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamid II. One of these pavilions is the Şale Kasr-ı Hümayunu.

Named after the French word "chalet", the Pavilion is connected to Sultan Abdülhamid II's apartment in the Harem building by a long and closed passage and is surrounded by a garden surrounded by high walls. Chalet Pavilion was built in three phases. The first two parts were of wooden construction, built by Sarkis Balyan in 1877-79 and 1889 respectively, and the third part was built in masonry by Italian architect Raimondo d'Aronco in 1898. For the first visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm II, the first addition was built in 1889, and for his second visit on October 18, 1898, the second addition and the masonry part were built.

Yıldız Castle Mansion was built with a masonry basement + 3 floors, wood and masonry. When examined in general, it is seen that there are heating and kitchen apartments in the basement, small rooms and corridors in the attic, rooms belonging to the service personnel related to the maintenance and work of the mansion on the ground floor, as well as the ushering rooms. The upper floor is reserved for meeting, hospitality, and service areas. The mansion has a total of 60 rooms with four halls on the upper floor. The floors of all rooms and halls are covered with wooden parquet, and the ceiling and wall decorations are adorned with different gold leaf and color hand drawings. Furthermore, marble and imitation marble were used on the walls. There are also paintings of landscapes, seasons, and architectural figures on the walls and ceilings.

The restoration and conservation works in the mansion, the interior of which is decorated with ornaments in different techniques, will be carried out under the consultancy of the National Palaces Scientific Committee.

Project Description

Ongoing Project