Osman Hamdi Bey House and Museum, Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey 

It was built by the Ottoman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) in the village of Gebze-Eskihisar, in 1884 as a pavilion, a painting house, a boathouse and an outbuilding. Many of the mansion building materials drawn by him and influenced by the French Architecture were brought from abroad. Each of the flower pictures made on the tables of the wooden doors on the entrance floor are worth the tables. Osman Hamdi Bey has laid out the most famous paintings in the mansion where he spent his summer months for 26 years.

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