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  • n. A type of house, particularly found on the Bosporus.


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  • She took the way by the stone horse-pond, through an alley to the left between two blind walls, then down a steep path through wood to the rock-steps, and up we ran, and along the hill, to her yali, which is a mile nearer the village than the palace, though by the time we pelted into its dry shelter we were wet to the skin.

    The Purple Cloud

  • Here the nouveau riche of Istanbul have their Malibu-like places, and here too are the old wooden waterside summer houses called yali, once mostly neglected, now going for millions of euros.

    The Full Feed from

  • The same cannot be said of architect Zeynep Fadillioglu, another leading Istanbul hammam designer, who grew up in a yali, or Bosphorus mansion, on Istanbul's European shore, where her family maintained a private hammam.

    Hammam Rejuvenation

  • The rest of the year they lived in the yali, where Mellaart set up a study in a room overlooking the Bosphorus.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • In 1939, when Arlette was fifteen years old, the family moved to a sprawling yali, as a waterside wooden house is called in Turkish.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • In April 1954 James and Arlette were married at the yali, with the entire Cenani family in attendance.

    The Goddess and the Bull

  • Nor did I send her home to her lonely yali, till the pale and languished moon, weary of all-night beatitudes, sank down soft-couched in quilts of curdling opals to the Hesperian realms of her rest.

    The Purple Cloud

  • I, paddling, taught her her first words and sentences between the hours of eight and ten in the evening, though later they became 10 A.M. to noon, when the reading began, we sitting on the palace-steps before the portal, her mouth invariably well covered with the yashmak, the lesson-book being a large-lettered old Bible found at her yali.

    The Purple Cloud

  • When we came to the Macedonian coast in good moonlight, we sailed along it, and up the Dardanelles, looking out for village, yali, or any habitation where we might put up: but everything has apparently been wrecked.

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  • I found her an hour later standing among the ruins of her little yali.

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