Kucuksu palace was built in the Asian side of Istanbul as a
wooden palace in 1751 by Sultan Mahmut II. After that in 1856
a two-story marble palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid. He used
the palace on day-trips to Dolmabahçe
Palace and that is why the palace do not include bedrooms
on his original design. But several chambers were converted into
bedrooms later in the century, when Kucuksu Palace was used by
dignitary guests and also by the sultan that would go there when
he wanted to hunt.
Kucuksu stands for "small water". This name was given
to the palace because there is a small river nearby.
The lively baroque decorations on the facade, the luxurious interior
with fireplaces made of valuable Italian stones, mirrors and chandeliers,
fine parquet floors and grand furniture are like no other.
There are also some other small palaces like this one in different
parts of the city. If you compare in size, such palaces
are smaller than the other official ones (Dolmabahce,
Topkapi or Ciragan
Palace) but they are also beautifully decorated and their
locations are usually in wonderful spots like Kucuksu palace which
is located on the Bosphorus shore.
If you spend enough time in Istanbul, Kucuksu Palace is worth
to be seen.