Are you looking for a picturesque shoreline to have a sidewalk by the sea? Arnavutkoy is a historical neighborhood in Besiktas. It is located in the middle of Ortaköy and Bebek on the European shoreline of the Bosphorus strait.
Arnavutkoy is known for its numerous fish restaurants, pretty and old waterside residences that gives its authentic sense. If you would like to taste some delicious Turkish food, you may have your lunch at Fıstık Lahmacun or Bodrum Mantı.
The coexistence of different religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds is significant in Arnavutkoy. It is possible to walk by a church, a synagogue and a mosque in close proximity. Robert College, the first established American school outside US, is located on the hills of Arnavutkoy; it gives the neighborhood its welcoming aspect.
The Arnavutkoy town square is where Ataturk’s statue with a few children is located.
After sunsets, the lights of two Bosphorous Bridges revives the quiet neighborhood.
If you have a chance to talk to old residents of the neighborhood, you can hear their complex backgrounds and their good, tolerating relationships with other ethnicities.
You will love this charming communtity in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities.
This is why you will be more than welcomed to visit Arnavutkoy, photograph fishing people and fisher boats and find tranquility in Bosphorous view.
At the north end of İstiklal Caddesi, Istanbul’s largest public square called Taksim Square. The Square situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. Location on Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/UUg4s
The word Taksim means; distribution. The Taksim square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city. This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmud I. Additionally, the word “Taksim” can refer to a special improvisational musical form in Turkish classical music that is guided by the Makam system.
Taksim Square is also the location of the Monument of the Republic which was commemorates the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. The Mounment crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928. The 11 meter high monument portrays the founders of the Turkish Republic, prominent are depictions of Kemal Atatürk, who commissioned the work, his assistant İsmet İnönü, and Fevzi Çakmak.
Finally the square has been an important venue for political protests. Groups from all sides of the political spectrum in Turkey, try to demonstrate in this square in order to use its visibility for the benefit of their cause.
Public transport in Istanbul comprises a bus network, railway systems, funiculars, and maritime services. to serve the more than 13 million people.
The Tunnel is a short underground railway line in Istanbul, Turkey. It is an underground funicular with two stations, connecting the quarters of Karaköy and Beyoğlu. The Tunnel was originally conceived by the French engineer Eugène-Henri Gavand in 1867. In the beginning, only freight and livestock were transported. On January 1875, after completing the test runs, the funicular was opened to the public. It is still in service. Tunnel is the second-oldestsubterranean urban rail line in the world. The first one was London Underground (1863)
Tunnel has always been special for Beyoglu lovers. Tunnel is one of the symbols of İstanbul. Tunnel is used by tourists who would like walk to the Sultanahmet. Then the station on Istiklal avenue is also the starting point of the street tram for to Taxim Square.
130 years after the startup of the Tunnel, Istanbul will see the opening of a second funicular at the the end of 2005. It will also connect, the bank of the Bosphorus to the district of Beyoglu: Taksim – Kabatas.
If you are around Istiklal Street and you want to eat something special with chocolate, let your body to take you to İnci Pastanesi (Patisserie). That place is a very cute that is not only locals of Istanbul but also tourists often visit.
İnci Pastanesi is opened in 1944. Luka Zigori who is Albanian is the owner of that place. By the way, in the past there were big places in Taksim and it wasn’t easy to live among them. For this reason, he agreed to get into shop with different taste. Than, he went to France to learn how to cook a special Profiterole. After coming back to Taksim he introduced profiterole for the locals of Taksim and Istanbul.
If you enter into the shop you will see profiteroles on the on your left side. İnci Pastanesi’s workers keeps the recipe of İnci’s profiterol as a secret. For that, no patisseries can imitate that profiteroles. You should also eat Krem Karamel that is also very delicious.
Unluckily, İnci Pastanesi doesn’t serve its great Profiteroles in its first Patisserie in Taksim, which was in the Serkil Doryan Building on İstiklal Street, anymore. Even though İnci Pastanesi serves in a different place in another street, and İnci’s profiteroles are still as delicious as firsts.
Here is a special burger adjusted to Turkish taste. The bread with juicy tomato sauce, that is why it is named as wet and it looks a kind of red. A very special sauce with a pretty amount of garlic accompanies the meatball. After a great Taksim night, wet hamburger is the best choice for locals. Its burger is a little different from the other famous burger chains. By the way it is always served hot.
Hundreds of small restaurants serve their own kind of wet burger. But it’s origin is in Taksim-Istanbul, particularly two or three restaurants. Kizilkayalar is the best place for eating the wet burger right and Bambi is also good about it. The burger is small so locals and tuorists usually have more than one or two, or, have it as an appetiser with some drinks!
People are talking about wet burger as “The best 2-3 liras ever spent in Istanbul”. İf you are around Taksim and a little hungry, do not pass Kizilkayalar place up. You do not want to have a wet burger like you would at your home. Because it is a real local favourite. When you get one you will want another one. Enjoy it.
İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous and busy street in İstanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.
Çiçek Pasajı/Flower Passage (originally called the Cité de Péra) is a famous historic passage and a popular venue at nighttime for food on İstiklal Avenue. The passage originally started life as a theatre in the 1800’s, then converted into rows of posh shops after a fire.
After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by the local Greek banker Hristaki Zoğrafos Efendi, and architect Kleanthis Zannos designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra or Hristaki Pasajı. Yorgo’nun Meyhanesi (Yorgo’s Winehouse) was the first winehouse to be opened in the passage.
During the Russian revolution of 1917, people fleeing Russia often came to Istanbul and they acquired the new shops, to sell flowers, hence the new name of flower passage or Çiçek Pasaj in Turkish. After the restoration of the building in 1988, it was reopened as a galleria of pubs and restaurants.
Enjoy your time!
The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of İstanbul, Turkey. The name Galata comes from the Italian word “calata” or “the road leading down to the sea”, possibly because of the slight slope of the section between Tunel to the shores of Halic. The Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul when it was built in 528.
From the top of the tower you can see all seven hills of İstanbul. The Tower is visible from almost every corner of city, and you can see an excellent view. With just a little bit of imagination, you can feel like a Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, which is the most well known story in Ottoman history.
In the 17th century; Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi attempted to fly from the GalataTower to Uskudar with wings attached to his arms. After working on this project for many years, he succeeded one fine day, when the winds carried him all the way over the Bosphorous to Uskudar. After this spectacular event, the locals referred to the tower as the Hezarfen Tower for quite some time. Besides, there is a nice film about Hezarfen Çelebi, directed by Mustafa Altıoklar in 1996, named İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında.
Consequently the Galata Tower as both history and view is the most beautiful historical build in İstanbul.
There are many legends about the Maiden’s Tower which is on a small island in the Bosphorus. The tower is a symbol of Üsküdar and also Istanbul. The most known legend is the legend of a princess. Legends says, a foreseer makes a prediction to the King that the princess will die as a result of a snakebite. Because of that, king has a castle built in the Bosphorus in order to protect the princess. Princess continues her life in the middle of the sea and grows up in the castle. However, the prediction made by the foreseer comes true and a snake hiding a fruit basket carried to the princess bites and kills her.
The island was a cemetery when the Greek’s were in Istanbul. After that, the Byzantines built the castle to use as a boarding station. And in the Ottoman times, the castle used as a show platform, defense castle and a prison. But it always had been a lighthouse for the ships passing through the Bospohorus. Today, it is one of the symbols of İstanbul and a historical sightseeing with its beautiful Byzantine architecture and location. You can take the boats from Üsküdar to go there and eat at the restaurant inside it.
Have you ever wondered the hamams (old Turkish public baths)? Süleymaniye Hamam is the best and most historic way to try it.
The Süleymaniye Hamam was designed and built between 1550 and 1557 by Mimar Sinan for the Magnificent Süleyman. He made over 400 buildings during his life (he is also architecture of Suleymaniye Mosque) and Building is one of the most famous ones. The Ottoman sultans also used this hamam back in the time. The building is situated on a hill facing the Golden Horn. Hamam is a traditional bathhouse consisting of three sections: cold, lukewarm and hot. The Turkish bath attracts many tourist who wants to try the traditional bath of Turkish culture. It is the only Turkish bath in Istanbul where men and women bathe together.
In the hamam, a staff called tellak massages you. You don’t just bath and go. It is a place for relaxing, having a massage, waiting in the sauna and doing peeling. Suleymaniye hamam is a very nice hamam with its domes and geometrically aligned chimneys. It has 8 marble coloms around the central massage stone.
The hamam is 35€ for each person including the clothes. Not all the staff knows English (even if it is a touristic place) but they have instructions in many languages.
Ortaköy is a cozy, warm and friendly neighborhood with many old buildings and a great sight. It is like a village in the middle of Istanbul. Ortaköy is close to the Bosphorus Bridge and this gives it a special view of the sea from the dock. The sightseeing is not only about the Bosphorus, also it is very pleasant to walk in the lovely streets which full of restaurants, cafes, antique shops, jewelerys kiosks, artist galleries and relaxing, quiet bars.
You will find many things to see or buy in the narrow streets of Ortaköy. And you can navigate yourself by looking the Ortaköy Mosque so you wouldn’t get lost. While you are in Ortaköy, a must to do thing is trying baked potatoes and waffles which are very famous there. You will definitely see the kiosks. Even if they are a bit more expensive than the other places, they put so much toppings on it. After you finish your tour in the cozy streets you can take the Bosphorus tour from there and sail to the Bosphorus. If you are in Istanbul and want to escape from the traffic and the crowd, don’t miss going to Ortaköy. And don’t hurry in your tour, spend some time relaxing.