Esma Sultan Residence – Home of Cup Handover 2009
I was in Esma Sultan Residence today in regards to preperations for Cup Handover on 23 April.
It is going to be a huge ceremony and I am looking forward to it.
Here are some pics i took today with my Nokia N95.
I will keep you updated with some pictures on 23rd of April as well.
Here is the history of the residence from Marmara Hotels webpage:
This mansion reflecting the Golden Age of Istanbul is named after its original owner, Esma Sultan, the daughter of Sultan Abdülaziz I.
Esma Sultan was born in 1873 and when she was 16 years old she was married to Mehmed Pasha the Circassian who was one of the leading statesmen of his time. She became a prominent and admired woman known for her lively and colorful character. In addition to her palatial residence in Istanbul, she also had several seaside mansions.
One of these mansions in particular, after withstanding neglect and suffering a fire and an earthquake, ended up first as a tobacco warehouse and then as a coal depot. The ruins were taken over by The Marmara Hotels group in the 1990’s, and finally, in 2001, the mansion was given a new cultural identity.