Tophane Kasri is 19 km (11 mile) far to Istanbul centurum. The Tophane Pavilion gets its name from Tophane neighborhood, meaning Cannon factory in Turkish, where there was one. It’s located next to the Nusretiye mosque and was one of the most important buildings on the Tophane Square during the Ottoman period. The kiosk was ordered by Sultan Abdulmecid and built by the British architect William James Smith in 1852. It was especially used by the sultans visiting these weapons factories in the neighborhood and also to receive foreign guests coming to the port by the sea, such as the Russian Czar’s brother Grand duke Konstantin.

Tophane Kiosk runs parallel to the shore on a rectangle plan built on two floors. It has a European style like all other mansions of the same period, with fine hand work ceiling decorations and marble fireplaces. At the moment Tophane Kiosk is closed to visitors and administrated by the Fine Arts faculty of Mimar Sinan University. Nearby, there are Istanbul Modern Arts museum, Tophane fountain, Nusretiye mosque, Kilic Ali Pasha mosque, an old Turkish bath, and Cannon factory as sites of interest in this neighborhood.

Address: Kiliçali Pasa Mah. Meclis-I Mebusan Caddesi No: 2 Beyoglu –  Istanbul
Phone: +90.216. 3219320

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