Yıldız Palace, is a complex of kiosks, management buildings and parks fit into a garden and grove, covering an area of 500,000 square meters, which extends from the coast up to Beşiktaş hill and located between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy.
The grove on which settlement dates back to the Byzantine period probably became one of the private gardens of the sultan (“Hasbahçe”) during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I; but the structuring in the region started with the construction of the pavilion called “Yıldız” (Star) which was built by Sultan Selim III for his mother Mihrişah Sultan in the years of 1804-1805. After the Yıldız Pavillion was built, the gardens and environs began to be called “Yıldız”. In 1834, a new and a small kiosk was built by the order of Sultan Mahmud II who wanted to watch the trainings of modern army that was recently established, and later Sultan Abdülmecid had another kiosk built called “Kasr-ı Dilküşa” for his mother Bezm-i Âlem Valide Sultan, after he had ordered the older buildings in this area be demolished. This area attracted attention during the reigns of Sultan Abdülaziz and Abdülhamid II, however it took its present condition by means of many kiosks and pavilions, constructed during Sultan Abdülhamid II’s period. The Chalet Imperial Pavilion, located in this complex, has a significant role since its construction enlightens the architectural history and as a building, it welcomed many state guests as well. The Pavilion which took its name from the French word “chalet” meaning “mountain hut”, is connected to Abdülhamid II’s apartment in Harem Section by a long and covered walkway and the building is located in a garden, surrounded by high walls. The garden, which is the result of romantic and picturesque understanding, starts after a large area left for the official protocol in front of the Pavilion.