Lions in the Garden of Dolmabache Palace, Istanbul

The search for images of benches has led me back to the photos of Turkey, in particular, those taken in the quiet gardens of the Dolmabache  Palace by the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.

While we enjoyed the view out to the sea when sitting on the seaside benches, we also enjoyed strolling around the peaceful garden which was reclaimed from the sea for the Sultan.CIMG0502

One of my favorite pictures is that of a sculpture of a male lion in the garden, with a tree, an ornamental fence and the sea as background.CIMG0501

Not far from the sculpture were the lioness and her two cubs. While the cubs looked playful, the mother looked on guard with undivided attention.CIMG0493

In front of the palace was the swan fountain, it looked well integrated with the flowers, the pond and the surrounding.CIMG0505

As no photos were allowed to be taken within the palace so once outside the palace building and out into the garden, we took whatever photos  we found interesting including  a gate to the palace garden.CIMG0506

The top part of the arch gate was highly ornamental, the details really got me  interested.

The visit to the garden was just unforgettable!

50 thoughts on “Lions in the Garden of Dolmabache Palace, Istanbul

    • The palace building looks fantastic as seen from both the garden and from the sea on a cruise. I may consider publishing those photos as well. Regards,

  1. Never been to Istanbul … but it’s far up on my bucket list for long weekend, maybe next year … A stunning place with stunning garden/park … just have to go.

  2. Beautiful, I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul. It’s amazing what photos you discover when you’re searching for something else, isn’t it?!

  3. What a stunning destination. I wish there were more traditional sculptures in our public gardens, I can only guess they’re too costly as they generally go for modern art, which isn’t my cup of tea.

  4. Hi Michael, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I am not sure how you feel about awards, so you can let me know if you would llike to accept it. Joan

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  5. Stunning photos! I loved the mother lion and her cubs. Thanks for capturing and describing the sculpture so perfectly. All of the photos are so beautiful. Thanks for introducing me to this gorgeous place. Maybe some day I will be lucky enough to visit it in person.

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