Küçüksu Pavilion Museum
The Küçüksu Pavilion built in 1857 attracted even more attention after the declaration of the Republic. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk always stopped by the Küçüksu Pavilion when he came to Istanbul. He used the room that overlooked the prairie in the second floor. Moreover, the Pavilion was assigned to Lady Makbule, the sister of Atatürk.
One of the people who used the building was Celal Bayar. During his Presidency, Bayar stayed in the pavilion when he came to Istanbul in the summer time. Statesmen continued to use the pavilion to rest and work until the 1980s. The pavilion was transformed to a museum in 1983 and opened for visits.
The pavilion was built upon an area of 15x27 meters with the stone masonry technique, and has three floors on the sub-basement. The outer adornments of the pavilion were recreated by Sultan Abdulaziz who thought that the building was too simplistic. The sub-basement was set aside for the cellar, kitchen and servants, and the other floors were designed in four rooms opening to a central anteroom. The heating of the pavilion was was ensured by two fireplaces in the rooms at the seaside, and one fireplace in the rooms at the land side. The marbles of the fireplaces, which are of different colors and textures in each room, were imported from Italy. A majestic staircase climbs to the second floor of the building. The heavily decorated style of the period can be seen in this staircase. The rooms and halls contain furniture imported from Europe.
Küçüksu Pavilion is like an art museum with its plaster-bevel and penwork adorned ceilings, its beveled plaster and penwork decorated ceilings, its fireplaces built with different colors and shapes of Italian marbles that remind a fireplace museum, its wooden floor tiles that are differently decorated and crafted for every room, its European-style furniture, carpets and paintings, and it’s open for visiting between 09:00 and 17:00 every day except monday and thursday.