Walking along the Bosphorus from Beşiktaş, past Bebek and right after Rumeli Hisarı, we stumbled upon Borusan Contemporary.
Built in 1911, the eye catching, castle-like, historic red brick mansion sits at the foot of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge along the Bosphorus. Referred to by locals as Perili Köşk aka the “Haunted Mansion”, due to the building being left abandoned for sometime during its construction.
Only open on the weekends with a 10TL entrance fee, 5TL for students/teachers, the building is both home to Borusan Contemporary’s headquarters and an art museum. The 10-story building is filled with a permanent art collection, exhibitions, and office spaces, hence why it’s only open to the public on the weekends. Best of all you’re given access to the roof with a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus – that alone, in my opinion is worth the price of admission!
The Haunted Mansion / Yusuf Ziya Pasha Mansion
Ottoman Vizier Yusuf Ziya Pasha began construction on the mansion in 1910, until World War I broke out in 1914 and the construction workers were recruited to join the army. The construction was left at a standstill, leaving the second and third floors empty and construct unfinished. During this time the locals started to call it the “Haunted Mansion”.
In 1995 to 2000, architect Hakan Kıran completed the building’s construction and carefully restored the facade of the building to its original design. Borusan Holding began using Perili Köşk in February of 2007.