Istanbul Travel Guide

Aynalikavak Pavilion

  • Aynalıkavak Pavilion

  • This pavilion was largest of the shore palaces

  • The first pavilion was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conquerer

  • Old Turkish musical instruments

This pavilion is all that remains of the Shipyard Palace, which was largest of the shore palaces. In old days the slopes were covered by coppices much favoured by Ottoman Sultans. According to Evliya Celebi, the first pavilion was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conquerer. Sultan Ahmed I, Sultan Selim III came this palace very often. Today the enterance of pavilion is on two stored in land side with the three storied part of building facing the Golden Horn.

Old Turkish musical instruments
The pavillion was built on a slope and its garden was decorated with different kinds of trees. It has a divan room and an audience hall decorated with several works of calligraphy, nice windows, and mirrors.

On the lower floor of pavilion is a research center and a museum exhibiting old Turkish musical instruments.

Useful Information for Aynalikavak Pavilion

Address Haskoy Kasimpasa, Istanbul
Tel 0 (212) 254 4530
Visiting hours Open daily except on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Entrance fee 5 TL
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