Aynalikavak Pavilion is the sole remaining building from a large Ottoman palace known as Aynalikavak Palace or Tersane palace, dating back to the 17th century. This pretty building on the shore or the Golden Horn is a reminder that this now built-up area was for centuries a place parks, meadows and streams where the Ottoman sultans and before them the Byzantines came for country excursions.
After the Turkish conquest of Istanbul this attractive stretch of countryside stretching in land from the Golden Horn became an imperial park known as the Tersane Hasbahce after the naval arsenal at neabry Kasimpasa.The earliest known building here dates from the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617), and his successors added new country lodges over the centuries, until the entire complex became so large that is was referred to as Tersane or Aynalikavak Palace.