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  • Kasr-ı Hümayun was built by Garabet Amira Balyan upon the Order of the Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz in the 14th century and the artistic features that can be observed on this construction belong to the neoclassical, baroque and classical Ottoman artistic style. It is located in the garden hill next to the Clock Tower. The façade of the cottage which is a baroque building with two floors is surrounded by pillars. In order to ensure adequate lighting inside, spectacular long, thin and round arched windows, marbled craftsmanship and ceiling ornaments were employed. There are rose- shaped ornaments on the windows in the entrance level. The most interesting aspect of this surface is that there are acanthus leaves and medallions on the window on the top of the entrance façade of the building. It is like a small model of Dolmabahçe Palace with its many pillars. Styled Rumi and Palmet motifs were used in ornamenting the ceiling of the entrance floor while gypsum was used to ornament the ceiling of the upper floor. There are also plant figures and geometrical ornaments on these ceilings. The ceiling ornaments are the summit of ornamentation of the building. It is also an important building as it is the only palace outside ‹stanbul that survived up to now. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed in this building for a while during the War of Independence, saw the French author Claude Farrere and conducted his first press conference in this building in January 6th, 1923. The building was highly damaged during the earthquake of August 17th, 1999 and it was restored to its original status after the restoration in 2005 which was performed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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