Topkapı Palace was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational centre of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century.
Dolmabahce Palace built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there.
Beylerbeyi Palace was thought to serve as a summer residence of Ottoman sultans and a state guest house to entertain the foreign heads of state and sovereigns and it was constructed on demand of the sultan of the period, Sultan Abdülaziz (1861 - 1876).
The story of the Cıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul begins over three hundred years ago when the area that now surrounds the present day hotel was known as the "Kazancıoğlu Gardens” at the beginning of the 17th century. The first known structure was a mansion that belonged to Admiral Kılıç Ali Pasha. A hundred years later, in 1719, Damat İbrahim Pasha of Nevşehir, the Grand Vezir built a summer mansion here for his wife, the daughter of Sultan Ahmet III.