The Two Residencies of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

The Palazzo Venetia, the Istanbul residency of the Republic of Venice was handed over to the Habsburgs in 1797 after they occupied Venice, and it was the centre of Levant diplomacy of the Habsburgs and later of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy until 1918. Among many others, Gyula Andrássy the Younger worked here as deputy draftsman in 1883, and Kálmán Kánya in 1896, who later became minister of foreign affairs. The building was recaptured by force from the Austro-Hungarian delegation by the Italians after the end of World War I, in late 1918.

Besides the downtown palace, the Monarchy also received a summer residency as a present of Sultan Abdulhamid in 1882, the so-called Yeniköy Palace. The building, currently serving as Consulate-General of Austria, was used by both countries after the war, but later on Hungary gave it to  the Austrians in exchange of the building in Peking.

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