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Ostrorog Yalı

Kandilli, Istanbul

The 18th-century oxblood-red Ostrorog Yalı belonged to the Polish count, Leon Ostrorog, who advised the Ottomans on European law. He married the daughter of one of Galata’s most successful banking families, the Lorandos. During its heydey, count Ostrorog had many guests at his mansion, including the French novelist, naval officer and Turkophile Pierre Loti. It still looks splendid today, recently restored by the collector Rahmi Koç.

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