The Basketmakers' Kiosk (Turkish: Sepetçiler Köşkü), also known as Sepetçiler Palace (Sepetçiler Kasrı), is a former Ottoman pleasure palace located on the southern shore of Golden Horn's mouth at Sarayburnu in the neighborhood of Sirkeci in Istanbul, Turkey.
Built in 1592 by Sultan Murad III and renovated by Sultan Mahmud I in 1739, it is the only surviving building from a row of many assorted pavilions and palaces constructed within the outer yard of Topkapı Palace.
Served initially as the government's Foreign Press Office and International Press Center following its renovation, the prominent place with its indoor and open-air facilities for meetings and banquets is managed recently by Swissôtel.
The imperial structure, a former part of the Topkapı Palace complex, is situated on top of the ancient Golden Horn Wall at Marmaroporta ("Marble Gate") (Turkish: Yalıköşkü Kapısı) just below Topkapı Palace. It was erected next to, yet no more existing, Yalı Köşkü, a waterfront pavilion, which was built by Selim I and served to many sultans as a place for reception of Kapudan Pashas (fleet admirals) and for salutation of the fleet before setting sail to a campaign or after returning from a campaign.
The palace on four floors with thick stone-built walls has spacious halls with high wooden doors. It has a panoramic view to the Galata Bridge, the Galata Tower, Karaköy and the Bosporus. The building was turned into a warehouse after alterations made in the 19th century. During the Republic era, it was used as an army pharmacy and then left empty until its restoration in the late 1980s. Renovation work, carried out with reference to old pictures, enabled the restoration of the building to its original state.
The Basketmakers' Kiosk incorporates today a recommended restaurant named "Hammam" (English: Turkish bath), which transforms into a nightclub in the late hours. The site hosts also musical events like jazz concerts during the annual Istanbul International Jazz Festival.
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