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. Hi,
    What a gorgeous place to live, and the homes are magnificent.
    A Very Happy New Year to you and your family, Enjoy. 🙂

  2. On the Bosphorous? Istanbul? Just come back from this gorgeous city but didn’t have time to see most things. It’s a huge city! Need to go back. The sooner the better 🙂
    Happy 2013, Madhu!

  3. E’ l’acqua la vera essenza dell’uomo che lungo le sue rive adagia le sue case. Mi tornano in mente le Ville del Brenta, i castelli della Loira, e i canali di Venezia.
    Buon anno Madhu 🙂

  4. A tremendous post Madhu, and great shots, as usual – I remember things looked a little less spick and span when R and I were there in 76, but those houses were every bit as picturesque then as they are now. 🙂

  5. Beautiful mansions! I wonder how it is like living there or…cleaning it. 🙂
    Best wishes for the new year, Madhu. 🙂

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