Çiragan Palace (Turkish: Çiragan Sarayi), a former Ottoman palace, is now a five-star hotel of the Kempinski Hotels chain. It is located on the European shore of the Bosporus between Besiktas and Ortaköy in Istanbul, Turkey. The palace, built by Sultan Abdülâziz, was designed by the famous Armenian palace architect Nigogayos Balyan and constructed by his sons Sarkis and Hagop Balyan between 1863 and 1867. This was a period in which all Ottoman sultans used to build their own palaces rather than using those of their ancestors. Çiragan Palace is the last example of this period. The inner walls and the roof were made of wood, the outer walls of colorful marble. The palace was connected with a beautiful marble bridge to the Yildiz Palace on the hill behind. A very high garden wall protected the palace from the outer world. ### The nice model and descripiton is originally by "Burcin..", but that model with 29500 faces (28600 only for some smaller flower pots) caused a crash (until 2009/05) in GoogleEarth. I removed the pots and many invisible faces and edited the textures. By this the model is now reduced from 2355>181kB(=13x) and 500 faces with only minor loss of detail. Now it works well in GoogleEarth.