Built by the renowned architect Nikogos Balyan between 1849 and 1855, upon the order of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid, Ihlamur Pavilion is located in Ihlamur Promenade (known as Mesire in Turkish) in the district of Besiktas in Istanbul. The area was once filled with Ihlamur (lime) Trees, which is where its name derives from.
HISTORY OF IHLAMUR PAVILION
At the start, Hacı Hüseyin Aga owned several vineyards. However, when the place was taken over by the government, the vineyard field was used as Has Bahçe (Sultan’s Garden) and safeguarded. In addition, a wooden mansion was constructed to serve as a resting place and host the Sultans and members of the upper class. For example, Ottoman Sultans such as Abdulhamid I, Selim III, Mahmut II, and Abdulmecid used the structure for relaxation after riding horses and shooting arrows. It was even visited by the renowned French poet Lamartine. Additionally, Sultan Mehmet Resat V received the kings of Bulgaria and Serbia there. Subsequently, the lavish building was demolished by the order of Sultan Abdulmecid. In its place, he built two mansions on Ihlamur Promade, also known as Nüzhetiye Pavilion. They were called Maiyet and Merasim Kiosk.
The Maiyet Kiosk, the simpler of the two, was used by the sultan’s family members and entourage, and today, it serves as a beautiful cafeteria. It is known that the mansion was particularly visited by women, while the Merasim Kiosk was used for ceremonies. The Merasim Kiosk was adorned with Baroque-style carvings, and the ceiling was covered with landscape paintings. The porcelain ornaments that decorate the fireplace are the work of Yıdız Oven. The kiosk is further embellished with crystal chandeliers, European-style furniture, Hereke carpets, and decorated vases.
The pavilion was given to TBMM (Turkish Grand National Assembly) in 1924 in accordance with the law no.431. But then, it was assigned by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 1951. After the renovations, it was opened to public in 1952; the name of Merasim Pavilion was changed as Kiosk Historic Museum while the other as Tanzimat Museum. But later on, it was again allocated to TBMM, and the charming museum was used as child art performance field.
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