Çırağan Palace (pronounced "Chiraan"), once
the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory
and is the only luxury hotel on the Europian shoes of the Bosphorus.
The Sultan's Palace,
built in wood at the end of the 16th century and then rebuilt in marble for
Sultan Abdülaziz in 1857, was badly damaged by fire in January 1910 and lay
derelict and abandoned until 1986.
Lovingly restored for the Kempinski
Hotel Group, the Palace has given a new meaning to the word "Luxury".