Thursday, July 22, 2010

Waterfront Yali in Istanbul

Yali's, I like the sound of it :-) These are actually homes in Turkey built on the river Bosphorus. In the 18th and 19th centuries rich Ottomans, eager to escape the summer heat of Istanbul, built wooden villas—Yalis—along its banks. With the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the Yali's fell out of favor. The Turks have recently realized what treasures they are.
This Yali was beautifully restored by a couple in the late 90's and the interiors as well as the fabulous location takes my breath away...




I love the elegance of this room and the gorgeous view. The chairs are my favorite....and are just my style!!







Hope you enjoyed your trip to Istanbul :-)

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Images via : Architectural Digest

8 comments:

Kamini said...

Anu...we saw lots of these - yalis - last year when we visited Istanbul and sailed along the Bosphorus....of course we could not see the interiors, so this is lovely! I can see why you like them, its just your style!

Annesphamily said...

These photos are spectacular! I am thinking calm and peaceful. Ah...
Thank you for sharing.

Patricia Torres said...

Oh thoroughly enjoyed it... I couldnt see this on my phone... Now that I have seen the interiors.. I feel awesome!! *sigh* I want to go back to Turkey.. and have a tour of one of these homes....

Anu.. i simply love the use of ladders in home tour..

LDH said...

Good Morning, Anu! So nice stopping by to visit with you! This is a gorgeous Yali! I especially like the bedroom with the high ceiling! So beautiful and tranquil.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment!
Kindly, ldh

Domestic Goddess said...

Beautiful & elegant. Love the interiors...Thanks for sharing.

Mary Lou said...

We lived in Turkey for 2 yrs. Where we were had nothing like these photos but I enjoyed seeing them.

Porch Days said...

How nice that these houses were saved. Too often people are in a hurry to tear down old things.

Struggler said...

Wow! Clearly, I missed out on some of the best views in Istanbul when I visited almost 20 years ago :) What gorgrous homes... stunning.

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