Yıldız Palace is located on the Yıldız hill. Sultan Ahmed I was the first to build a pavilion there. At the end of the 18th century, Sultan Selim III built Yıldız Pavilion and a fountain. Sultan Abdülaziz built the State Apartments, Cit Pavilion, Malta and Cadir Kiosks.
The main construction started under Sultan Abdülhamid II (1876–1909). It was called Saray-I Hümayun (Central Palace) and comprised buildings for the sultan’s private use and for officials, repair shops and carpentry, a theatre, a museum, a library, Hasbahce inner garden and small independent buildings.
After Sultan Vahidettin’s reign, the palace was allocated to the Staff Officers’ Academy. It was handed over to the Ministry of Culture in 1978 and began to serve as a museum under the name of “Directorate of the Museum of Yıldız Palace” from 1993.