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  • Just like its carpets, the historical structures in Hereke are also among world-renown structures. One of these structures is the Manor of Kaiser Wilhelm II located in the shore of Hereke where the weaving and carpet factory of Sümerbank used to be located. The manor’s story of building is an interesting one. It was deemed to be necessary to build a manor for foreign visitors who came to Hereke to see the carpets woven there after they became world-renown as it entertaining these visitors in simple huts was not appropriate and this manor was built upon the order of Sultan Abdülhamit II before the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II’s visit to İzmit. The manor was built within three weeks within Yıldız Palace and it was carried in pieces through the seaway to Hereke where it was reintegrated. Foreign guests like the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II; Baron Marshall, Prince of Bulgaria and Ambassador of Germany and İbn-Reşit, Ambassador of Britain who came to see Sultan Abdülhamit II and Hereke due to its famous carpets were entertained in this manor and local souvenirs like silk prayer rugs, carpets, tailoring fabrics, shawls and handkershiefs produced in Hereke. The Emperor later presented a unique bug collection to the manor. Although not precisely known, the manor is known to be built by the Italian architect Raimondo d’Aronco and no metal nails were used as the boat construction technique was employed for its construction. The manor has a complete wooden construction and it has many doors, as an interesting detail, opening to various directions facing both the land and the sea. Hereke carpets, silk cladding and curtains were used in furnishing the manor. The bergeré-style sitting group in the living room of the manor which was decorated with furniture from palaces is thought to be built in the early 20th century.

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