Sherifler Pasha Yali

Across the water from the Sa’dullah Pasha Yali, on the European shore at Emirgan, stands the smaller Sherifler Yali. In this full-blown example of Turkish baroque-rococo melange, an 18th-century remodeling of a more traditional yali resulted in an astonishing candy-box interior.

Although the floor plan is still based on earlier conventions, the ceiling of the central hall received an elaborate decoration primarily in red and yellow. Each window was crested with rococo scallops, and small wall paintings depict Ottoman kiosks beside deserted pools. Painted brackets and clusters of fruit- like carvings reinforce the sense of extravagance.

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The Yalis of Istanbul