Beşiktaş Waterfront Palace

Capital of the Ottoman Empire after the conquest, Istanbul was adorned with palaces and pavilions commissioned by the sultans. One of the city’s major palaces was located in the Beşiktaş area, where Beşiktaş Waterfront Palace was the largest palace complex. Constructed of wood, it was condemned and demolished in 1843 during the reign of Sultan Abdulmejid, when the foundations for Dolmabahçe Palace and its annexes were laid in its place. Beşiktaş Waterfront Palace is depicted in this engraving by D’Ohsson.