The Mansions On The Bosphorus

Y is for Yali.

No, not that mythical creature from Hindu mythology, but the gorgeous waterfront mansions lining the banks of the Bosphorus!

Yali Mansions - Istanbul, Turkey

Derived from the Greek Yialos, meaning seashore, these 17th century mansions whose architectural styles can only be termed ‘eclectic’ were intended as summer abodes for the Turkish bourgeoisie, whose numbers swelled with the extension of the Ottoman empire. The size and grandeur of the Yali, proclaiming the owner’s social standing.

The facades were traditionally made of wood with panoramic windows and suspended balconies, and were generally painted a reddish brown. The later ones are paler with more elaborate detailing mimicking the spare-no-luxury opulence of European Baroque architecture.

These properties with cross-continent views are now prized pieces of real estate. Some reputed to be in the price bracket of over $100 million! If I ever return, I would be sure to seek out a Yali hotel – a modest one of course – at least for one night, and cruise down the Bosphorus in search of every famous water mansion in town.

The Bosphorus can be described as an avenue of water
surrounded by mansions one more beautiful than the other.
Believe me, if fate had granted you one of these,
you would never think of leaving to your last day.”
~ Alphonse de Lamartine</blockquote>

Happy travels to you dear people…no matter where life takes you.

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

33 thoughts on “The Mansions On The Bosphorus

  1. Eli and I enjoyed a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus last October, and I recognize some of these mansions and palaces. It was indeed some prime real estate, and that is reflected in your photographs. Thanks for another great post, Madhu.

  2. Some of those mansions look like palaces. I’d like the cream coloured detached one, if I win the lottery. 😀 Now I’m also wanting to cruise down the Bosphorus on one of those Yali hotels.

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