It was home to Muhsinzade Mehmet Pasha and was one of the most prestigious mansions of its time built on the ruins dating from the era of Ahmed III, (1673 – 1736) , former Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
It went in decline after the heirs left in 1929 and subsequently rented to merchants who used it as a warehouse and storage until the mid-1930s. In 1980s, the heirs of the family sold the premises to an entrepreneur who restored the exterior to its former glory and designed the interior as a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel.
What a beautiful setting indeed for a dear friend's wedding, the reason for my return to my beloved city this time. She was pampered just like a princess in the glory days of the Ottoman Empire and so were we when we met up yesterday once more.
Dramatic entrance with exotic touches at the adjacent restaurant leading up to the beautiful Bosphorus-facing bar/lounge.
Perfect setting for sunset cocktails.
Kendrick's and tonic with preserved lime and sliced fresh cucumbers served with fresh fruit and nuts. And with the view, there was nothing more perfect than being there with my dear newlywed friend Asli next to me at that moment.