Asian side, Istanbul
Çamlica means Pine Tree Hill. It is actually two hills: Küçük Çamlica which means Little Pine Tree Hill and Büyük Çamlica which means Big Pine Tree Hill. There is a large TV tower on the top of Büyük Çamlica.
At 267m above sea level Büyük Çamlica is the highest point in Istanbul. We used to walk up here for the views. I remember once climbing up here after a period of heavy rain and having to wade through mud. Some locals were calling out to us in German, "Gute Strasser, wir haben." As many Turks have lived and worked in Germany, they often address foreigners in German as it is a language they can speak fluently.
From the top of Büyük Çamlica you have an excellent view over the Bosphorus and the Bosphorus Bridge, There are cafes and tea shops at the top of Büyük Çamlica, so we could sit and enjoy a refreshing glass of Çay or knock back a nice cold Efes Pilsen after our climb.
Çamlica is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus not too far from Üsküdar. It is a popular place for a picnic.
"Caddebostan" is located on the Asian Side of Istanbul and is a perfect area to have a walk at the beach side as being away from the city hassle ...
Day and night, many people go there to jog, have a walk with their kids and dogs, for bicycle or just to have fun on grass and have their coffee ... Especially on weekends its a huge crowd. Special designated and seperated ways for jogging and cyclers makes it easy and fun to fulfill your favorite sports.
Here on my Travelogues you can see more detailed photos of this great area ... :
There are many open air music concerts, street festivals and else are there to be seen ... Starting from Bostanci ending up at Dalyan, its a loooong coastline to enjoy ... :)
The notable high street of the Asian part of Istanbul, the "Baghdad Avenue", runs through Göztepe. The city park of Göztepe is the largest green area along Baghdad Avenue covering 10,000 m2.
It is re-designed and and re-build again in year of 2013 and now covering also childrens play grounds, theme parked kids area, aquarium, rose gardens and many other new benefits ... A great park to be away from city hassle even within the city on "Bagdat Avenure" ... :)
"Bagdat Avenue" never seems to end. This 6km long tree lined strip on the Asian side of Istanbul is packed with restaurants, cafes, bars, luxury car dealers and, of course, shops. From high end brands to large department stores and smaller boutiques, "Bagdat Street" is one of the most popular shopping districts in Istanbul.
Bagdat Street served as link between Constantinople and Anatolia for centuries. It was given its name in 1638 following the capture of what is now the Iraqi capital by Sultan Abdul Hamid II. Over time it developed into a popular residential area for the city’s elite who built large mansions here.
Although many of these mansions were demolished to make way for newer apartment blocks, the "Street" remains one of the most desirable areas to live in Asian Istanbul due to its central location, close proximity to the Marmara Sea, and plethora of amenities. Most of Bagdat Street’s stores are concentrated around the Suadiye and Caddebostan areas.
These days this elegant promenade serves as an informal fashion parade, with Istanbul’s high-heeled, perfectly coiffed noveau riche coming to strut their stuff along the wide pavements. It’s also a popular showplace for the city’s most expensive cars. Bagdat Street is home to a variety of exclusive high street brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Naked, Louis Vuitton, Mango, Zara, Lacoste, NARS Cosmetics and Vakko. Department stores such as Marks & Spencers are also represented.
Bagdat Street’s cosmopolitan atmosphere is also felt through its many eateries and cafes which offer a welcome break after a hard day’s shopping. Western style cafes such as Starbuck’s and Gloria Jean’s Cafe are interspersed with a variety of restaurants offering Turkish and world cuisine.
Traffic is often congested along Bagdat Street and parking is limited and hard to find; for this reason it’s recommended to use public transportation to get there.
Bagdat Avenue and coastal road run almost parallel to each other for around 9-10 kilometres. Sometimes these two roads get close to each other and sometimes get distant. The best part of Bagdat avenue is the part between "Bostanci and Goztepe". So it might be a good idea to take a dolmus from Taksim to Bostanci. Dolmus stop is right next to Ataturk Kultur Merkezi (Ataturk Culture Center). Then you start your walk at Bostanci along the Bagdat street and end it whenever you are tired. You just wait along the street and one dolmus will stop to pick you up. Some of them go to Kadikoy, so make sure that you get on to Taksim dolmus. Or if you wish you go to Kadikoy and then take the boat to Karakoy or Besiktas.
In summer, don’t forget to bring your swimming suit with you, there are some small beaches along the coast road that you can swim.
In any case, "Bagdat Avenue" is much worth to visit and to enjoy ... :)
Uskudar is a large and densely populated district and municipality of the city on the Anatolian / Asian shore of the Bosphorus. It is bordered on the north by Beykoz, on the east by Umraniye, on the southeast by Atasehir, on the south by Kadıkoy, and on the west by the Bosphorus, with the areas of Besiktas, Beyoglu, and Eminonu on the opposite shore.
It is home to about half a million people. Uskudar is also the usual name for the historic center of the municipality.
The district of Uskudar is one of Istanbul's oldest-established residential areas. It is directly opposite the old city of Eminonu and transport across the Bosphorus is easy by boat or bridge. So there are well-established communities here, many retired people, and many residents commute to the European side for work or school (being cheap and central Üsküdar has a large student population). During the rush-hour, the waterfront is bustling with people running from ferryboats and motorboats onto buses and minibuses. Üsküdar also has the smell of the sea, the sound of foghorns, motorboats and seagulls and one of the best views of the city.
As of 2006, the central square is being dug up for a tunnel under the Bosphorus which will carry an underground railway. However, this is predictably continuously running into artifacts of great archaeological value.
The area behind the ferry dock is a busy shopping district, with many restaurants (including the well-known Kanaat Lokantası serving Ottoman cuisine, olive oil-based dishes, and ice cream) and a number of important Ottoman mosques. There are many cafes, cinemas, billiard halls, and places for youth to congregate are also in Uskudar.
The private Istanbul Commerce University, owned by the chamber of commerce, has a campus here.
From Besiktas, u can take a boat and can cross over Bosphorus in about 10 mins to Uskudar, meaning you are from Europe to Asia ... :)
One of the buildings which impressed me the most in Istanbul was the Haydarpasa Train Station, although its glorious times seem to be over.
The monumental neoclassical building was designed by German architects Otto Ritter and Helmuth Cuno. It was completed after only two years of construction in August 1908.
Once the busiest Turkish train station with connections to Anatolia, Baghdad and Tehran, it will soon be made redundant by the underground railway project Marmaray, which includes a rail tunnel under the Bosphorus.
In November 2010 a massive fire destroyed the roof and the 4th level of the building and it was closed. So far the damage has not been properly repaired.
When I visited the Haydarpasa Train Station in December 2012, it was almost empty and I realised that only very few local suburban trains were scheduled.
Still the interior decoration is impressive and I took my time to take photos without any people being in the way. In the large and empty waiting halls I only met some local fluffy cats which obviously loved the warmth of the heaters. The atmosphere in such a big building with almost no peole was just bizarre.
Somewhere near the platforms I found a small post-office where I bought a few stamps. The old man in charge was obviously happy to have at least one customer on this grey and wet December day.
In front of the Haydarpasa Train Station, the beautiful early 20th century Haydarpasa ferry terminal can be found. Also an old steam locomotive of the English company Sharp Stewart (Model 23000 from 1870) is exhibited here.
The Haydarpasa Train Station is situated in Istanbul’s Kadiköy district on the Asian side of the city. It stands directly at the Sea of Marmara, hence ferries from Karaköy to Kadiköy stop here.
The European side and the Sultanahmet area is where most tourists go. This place has become very commercial and hence very pricey and cheap goods are sold at exorbitant prices. The Asian side is where the locals buy. You could for instance take a public ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy and walk around the Kadikoy area. Lots of better shopping opportunities. it is also nice to experience the local life.
Sile is a small resort town near Black sea, about 50 kilometers from Istanbul, going deeper into Asian side of Turkey. It is a small town, about 10 thousand people live here, but as the place is quite famous resort place in hot time here you could find much more people.
The place is known since 700 BC as a fishing village, in early Christian times Christians used to hide in nearby caves, later in Ottoman times it was known for its lighthouse.
Nowadays Sile is known for its good quality beaches, as well as rocks with castle ruins, famous lighthouse as well as famous cotton fabric Sile Bezi.
I don’t know if you go there by public transport but it was great to go up to Camlica Hill (Camlica Tepesi in turkish)by car. It’s located at the asian side of Istanbul, 4km away from Uskudar, we knew the location because most of the TV antennas are over there because this is the highest hill in Istanbul at 267 meters above sea level.
There is a small café(pic 2) but we just parked and enjoyed the view over Bosphorus with European side of Istanbul at the background (pic 1).
Camlica Hill is one of the twin peaks of Mount Bulgurlu.
So we drove at the second hill, actually at the back side of Camlica and we had a different view of the bridge. This hill is called Nakkaştepe. We entered through the gardens of 7tepe restaurant (pic 3) for some different photo angles with our cameras (pic 4) and also some at the other side of the hill (pic 5)
Best views at the Bosphorus Bridge and the straight itself you will find from the viewing platform Cemil Molla Kurusu.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 2' 12.41" N 29° 2' 21.94" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Istanbul from the viewing platform.
Kuleli Military High School is the first military high school, located in Çengelköy, close to Üsküdar It was founded in 1845 by Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid I.
Because of the war between the Ottoman Empire and Russia in 1877-1878, the school was decided to be a hospital.
I could see it from apart when was crossing the Bosphorus by city-boat.
You can watch my 2 min 50 sec HQ Video Istanbul Bosphorus Uskudar Eminonu part IV out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 2' 41.72" N 29° 1' 44.60" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kuleli Military High School .
When I walked along Üsküdar to find better views at Bosphorus and its Bridges I casually found myself in a Muslim Cemetery. I watched graves and saw such a grave of a VIP whom I didn’t ever hear about. Here in Moscow I found who he was.
This is a list of the top officials in charge of the finances of the Ottoman Empire, called Defterdar (book-holder) between 14th-19th centuries and Maliye Naziri (Minister of Finance) between 19th and 20th centuries.
Baba Nakkas-zade Dervis Celebi was the top official in charge of the finances (1561-1562) in Reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and was appointed 2nd time (1569-1573) in Reign of Sultan Selim II.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 59.53" N 29° 1' 36.56" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Nakkas Baba grave.
Uskudar has areas of greenery which can be an escape from the density of the city, including the Camlýca hills and the Bosphorus coastline, and the area also has a number of important historical sites to visit.
You can watch my 4 min 39 sec HQ Video Istanbul Bosporus and Üsküdar part II out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Teoman.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 33.43" N 29° 0' 37.00" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uskudar Lighthouse.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 45.70" N 29° 1' 3.46" or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uskudar Park.
Most people only go to Beylerbeyi to visit the palace, built for Sultan Abdul Aziz and was the final place of confinement of the deposed sultan Abdulhamid II from 1912 until he died there in 1918. If they bothered to stay and take the short walk along the front to the pier, then they would find a lovely little harbour surrounded by several restaurants with some great views of the bosphorus.
If you want to get there by local bus, then cross to either Kadikoy and take the 14M , 15CK, or 15F, from Uskudar take the 15, 15B, 15C, 15H, 15KC, 15M, 15N, 15P, 15R, 15S, 15SN, 15U and 15Y. Web page below but follow the directions from my Istanbul transport, buses page.
Ferries are direct but not many, see below web site.
Istanbul's geographic location, at the point where Europe (Avrupa) meets Asia (Asya), is most remarkable. While the city of Istanbul is officially in Europe, the Asian side has grown over the years to become an inseparable part of the city. Many "Asians" work in Europe during the day, and vice versa. Although overshadowed by Istanbul, the Asian side does have some historic buildings to visit. Üsküdar, the largest city on the Asian side, is the ancient Chrysopolis and Scutari, and was first settled in the 7th century BC! While no ancient monuments remain, the Ottoman heritage is quite present as Üsküdar became part of the empire a century before Constantinople. Though to be able to tell those back home that one crossed from Avrupa to Asya and back in an afternoon is priceless!