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Sait Halim Pasa Mansion
Sait Halim Pasa Mansion
Köybaşı Cad. No:83 Yeniköy
Tel.: +90 212 223 05 66

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The linking Europe and Asia, which has seen the history and culture experience in the heart of Istanbul a mixture with the Bosphorus, wedding,celebration, special meeting , wants to meet you to host all organization such as…

The Sait Halim Pasha Mansion, as one of the most unique event venue at Bosphorus, offers exclusive services for all kind of receptions, meetings, conferences, weddings, gala dinner with the history and 19th-century Ottoman culture experience in the heart of Istanbul.

We will glad to welcoming you and organize your unforgettable moments.

The first owners of the mansion are believed to be the Duzogullari Family. The Aristarhis Family who acquired the mansion from the Duzogullari demolished it to construct a completely new one around 1863.

Abdulhalim Pasa bought the mansion, which was considered to be a wreck and not big enough to suit Egyptian aristocratic taste, from the Aristarhis Family and instructed architect Petraki Adamandidis of Canakkale to rebuild it. After Abdulhalim Pasa’s death in 1890 the property was inherited by his nine sons. Sait Halim Pasa, gathering all shares from his brothers came into the sole ownership of the mansion in 1894.

In 1968, the mansion was purchased by Turizm Bankasi (Tourism Bank) and converted into a casino serving only foreign guests. Due to safety conditions such as fire, the operation of the mansion was handed over to Hilton. Although some minor alterations were made in 1974, a major renovation was held during the years 1980-1984 by TAÇ Foundation under the instruction of Turizm Bankasi.

Turizm Bankasi merged with Türkiye Kalkinma Bankasi (Turkey Development Bank) thus making the mansion the property of Türkiye Kalkinma Bankasi. The garden was used as a restaurant during the summer and the mansion itself partially as a museum. Later on the mansion became the summer residence of the Prime Ministry and was used for government events and meetings.

The mansion underwent a fire in 1995 and its restoration as “Official Guest House of the Prime Ministry” was completed in 2002. The restoration was done according to the original architectural style of the mansion in the1890’s. The mansion has not been in use since the restoration and its operation has been turned over to Göçtur Tourism in 2004.

The structural and decorative characteristics of the building are typical innovations of its time, with the building set back off the waterfront by a jetty and the façade and windows typically neo-classical (empire-style). The mansion’s plan includes a central grand hall-sofa-with an alcove overlooking the seafront with a stairway on the opposite side.

There are two gates leading to the Selamlik (Men’s quarters) and Harem (Ladies’ Quarters) from the quay. There are two lion statues in front of the Selamlik gate which is why the mansion is also referred to as the “Mansion of the Lions” by the public. According to Nubar Horanyan of Yeniköy, the female lion was a gift from Italy for Sait Halim Pasa’s first promotion and the male lion a gift from Germany for his second promotion.

Towards the northern side of the Harem garden, there was a Bathing House used by the residents for swimming. The enclosed bridge built between the mansion and the estate on the slopes behind was demolished like all other annexes which were expropriated during the widening of the road in 1958. There was also a boathouse in the garden of the men’s quarters which does not exist any longer.

One might describe the late period of Bosphorus mansions and pavilions as “empirebaroque” both in terms of their architecture and their decoration. It was a stylistic trend which took hold during the reign of Abdulmecit (1839- 1861), weakening towards the reigns of Abdulaziz and Abdulhamit II, when an eclectic amalgam of western styles started to take over towards the end of the 19th century.

The building recessed from the waterfront without bay-windows and the empire style of the façade and windows are all examples of the new style of that era.

The mansion is decorated in typical empire style, with traces of eclecticism alternating and sometimes combined. The Cubic style in the furniture and exaggerated curves in the decoration were rare between 1800 and 1830. Gilded wood disappeared, although mahogany with bronze plaque appliqué became popular.

Walls were divided into panels with raised bands, with occasional pilasters. Egg and dart and garland friezes decorated the cornice and the ceilings were framed with a band of decoration with a similar circular band in the center. This interior design is seen throughout the mansion, with the single exception of the ground floor reception room which carries the Egyptian-Arabian influence in decoration.