Situated in the Sariyer, district of Istanbul, Emirgan Park covers the area of 47.2 hectares which is surrogated high walls. Previously named as ‘’Feridun Gardens,’’ that area was called Emirgan Park anymore. Because the park was given by Ottoman Emperor Murat IV as a present to Persian Emir Gune Han (Ameer Gune Khan) in the 17th century. Then it was presented by Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz to Khedive of Egypt Ismail Pasha in the 19th century. As it is seen that for centuries, it has passed into other people’s hands.

Once you step into that magnificent park, you feel yourself in the metaphysical world due to breathtaking scenery combining with the seaside; don’t be shocked if you encounter a friendly squirrel with a nut in its hands. They climb the trees and play with the visitors.

Today, it is possible to find quiet places, to watch its charming landscape towards Bosphorus, to lie down and take a sunbath and to read a book on the grass within the park.

Also sometimes people can have a picnic here; you should take a sandwich and a cup of tea when you come to the fascinating park. If you want to run, you can do it by watching the sea and by listening to the voices of the chirpy birds. Except for those features, there are located three excellent Pavilions; they are Yellow, Pink and White Pavilions.

Yellow Pavilion

The Yellow Pavilion is a large wooden mansion built between 1871-1878 as a hunting lodge and guest house. Situated in the center of the park and overlooking the Bosphorus, the two-story mansion with one balcony, one terrace and a basement is constructed on an area of 400 m2. It consists of four rooms, one hall and a kitchen on the lower floor and three rooms and one salon on the upper floor. Its layout reflects the architecture of the traditional Ottoman house with a salon encircled by many living rooms. The ornaments at the ceilings and the walls were the work of the court architect Sarkis Balyan. The ceilings are enriched with oil painted flower figures and the facades with outstanding carvings. The high doors and windows, as well as the nice interior decorations in bright colors, reflect the glory of that era. The pavilion was restored within four months at the beginning of the 1980s furnished with antiques and opened to the public as a cafeteria.

Pink Pavilion

Portraying the traditional two-floor Ottoman house with wooden covered walls, painted in sardine pink color the Pink Pavilion is one of three pavilions in the park. It consists of three entrances; protocol, front, and personnel entrance.

At the first entrance, there is a large hall and two rooms opening into this refreshing hall. The second entrance, protocol entrance connected a secret room. The first floor hosts a bathroom and a kitchen, while a big hall, two big rooms and also another five big rooms past the aisles and two small case rooms are located on the second floor.

Now it serves as a restaurant and cafeteria and organizes wedding ceremonies or other events.

White Pavilion

The White Pavilion is the third mansion which is only 150 meters far from the Yellow Pavilion. The two-story wooden building reminds us of the neo-classical style. The mansion is used in the daytime as a cafeteria and in the evenings as a restaurant of Turkish-Ottoman cuisine.

TWO CONTINENTS, ONE MUSEUM

The Fortress Museum incorporates Rumeli, Yedikule and Anadolu Fortresses. Among all, Rumeli Fortress however clearly stands out. The Fortress covering a 30-acre area in Sarıyer also gives its name to the location. It was built in a short period of four months. By Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 before the conquest of Istanbul in order to prevent attacks and block aids from the north of Bosphorus. This monument is located opposite the Anadolu Fortress, built by Sultan I. Beyazıt in 1394, and is located in the narrowest part of the Bosphorus.

The name of Rumeli Fortress was “Kulle-i Cedide” in Fatih Foundations and “Yenice Hisar” in the history of Neşri and in history of Kemalpaşazade, Aşıkpaşazade and Nişancı it was “Boğazkesen Fortress”. The timber used in the construction was brought from Izmit and Karadeniz Ereğlisi and the stones were brought from various parts of Anatolia and the ruins are the remains of Byzantine structures in the surrounding area. This monumental building was restored as a museum in 1953 and was opened its doors to visitors in 1968. The open theatre structure was added then and now performances are not organized here. The mosque which was built during Rumelihisari construction and then which was demolished was built again in its original form in 2014. It also houses some events.

WATCHING THE BREATHTAKING VIEW OF THE BOSPHORUS FROM ITS LUSH GARDEN

There are 4 main gates named; “Mountain Gate”, “Dizdar Gate”, “Hisarpeçe Gate” and “Sel Gate” and a secondary gate named, “Mezarlik Gate”. There is a total of 17 high and small towers: “Saruca Pasha”, “Halil Pasha”, “Great Zaganos Pasha” and “Young Zaganos Pasha” are among the main ones. Because there is no exhibition hall or a warehouse in the museum, cannonballs, balls, a piece of the chain that was used across the sides of Golden Horn against attacks, are exhibited in the garden. Just to enjoy the view of Bosphorus from its lush garden is even a good enough reason to visit.