Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, Turkey

Palais de Hollande Program

Regulations for use by third parties

The beautiful residence of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul, which was the residence of the Embassy of the Netherlands in previous times, is known as the ‘Palais de Hollande’, and it has been a prominent historical building for centuries.

Version July 2016


Occasionally we receive requests about the use of the Palais de Hollande for external activities, which is something we welcome and encourage. The following principles apply to the use of the Palais de Hollande.

The use of the Palais de Hollande is a privilege, not a right. There are three general criteria which have to be met:

  • There ought to be a Dutch political or economic interest involved that fits in the framework of our policy goals;
  • The activity preferably is to be organized by a company or institution that serves the interests of the Netherlands;
  • The use of the Palais de Hollande ought to contribute to a positive image of the policies of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Dutch society and/or the image of the Netherlands in the Turkish society.

These criteria are judged interdependently. In addition, the Consul General will take acquaintance of the workload, since the regular work will proceed in normal fashion.

The situation in which an activity is organized with commercialized goals such as ticket sales is not permitted.

Palais de Hollande

The Palais de Hollande (1859) is situated in the city-center of Istanbul and its premises comprises a private area (two residences and two offices) and a public part.

The public part consists of a church, two gardens, a gallery, a terrace, a courtyard, two salons, a ballroom and a dining room. All public areas are open for use by third parties.

Costs and Financial Terms

The public areas of the Palais de Hollande are available at cost price. This amount consists of an administration fee and a price per guest, matching the costs for catering, security and the like.


Requests for the use of the Palais the Hollande are to be sent to, with a reference to the ‘Palais de Hollande Program’ in the subject line. In this, preferably short, e-mail the activity should be introduced and described, including the goals behind organizing the event, the planned date and the expected amount of guests. You will receive a reply within a week.


As an organizing partner you are responsible and liable for any damages caused to properties of the Consulate General and therefore you are obliged to contract a liability insurance.

External Communication

The involvement of the Consulate General should be visible in all external expressions and communications such as invitations and press releases. All expressions are to be approved by the Consulate General beforehand.

Here you can find a concept invitation.


In the case of acceptance of the activity, a contract will be sent to the organizing party. A concept version of this agreement can be found here.


In case you have any questions, you can direct these to