With exquisite rooms and Bosphorus views fit for a sultan, venture to this former 19th-century summer palace to glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Ottoman dynasty. Commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz and built by imperial architects, Sarkis Balyan and Agop Balyan, the Neo-Baroque palace mixes western and eastern grandeur, with the layout of a traditional Turkish house. This style provided the perfect setting for hosting the foreign heads of state and sovereigns who once graced the floors here. It also served as the place of house arrest for Abdül Hamit II, the last sultan to have autocratic control over the Ottoman dynasty. He died here in 1918, nine years after his dethronement. Today, visitors can explore the palace and gardens that are situated by the First Bosphorus Bridge in Asia.