Asian side, Istanbul
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.
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.
Looks like the black sea region but is only 2 hours from Istanbul.Great for picnics and guaranteed peace and nature.Fresh river fish restaurants tucked away in odd places.Rhododendron everywhere,plus other wild flowers and animals.Great views.
Around an hour to the west is Izmit,take the turn off for Izmit otogar/Yalova.From the turnpike take 1st left signed,keep going heading D130 signed Yalova.Just after sign turn off for Kullar.Keep going to PetrolOfisi gas station and turn left before the bridge.Keep going until Kullar stadyum sign and turn right.Go through Kullar to the left of the Mosque and turn left just before Saglik Bakanligi building on the left.Head up to Yuvacik.In Yuvacik turn left just past green Mosque,signed Yuvacik baraji,it's on a building.Road twist through the back streets.Go up right side of dam.At the top turn left and cross the dam and turn right,signed Camiduzu.Keep on when you reach Cataldere sign turn right side of it.From now on stop anywhere you fancy.We carried on through Camiduzu,turned for Serindere.4km up track is Yellow Mosque,3km to Serindere to right.We went to Ornekkoy to left.Just past the village we stopped and picnicked.More photos HERE
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!
This is a small village near Black Sea coast. This land is given to Polish people in 1842 by Ottoman Empire. They've been living here since this time. The history of the village is here:
Polonezkoy is a little bit far from Istanbul's city center. It is between forests and its nature is under the effect of Black Sea. This means it is always green, but in spring it's more than green. You can see many colors in April and May here, because wild flowers are all over the place. It is possible to stay here, too. There are many pensions and they serve great breakfast in the morning. In a busy city, Polonezkoy is like heaven. But in the weekends it turns into a hell.
If you try to go there after 11:00 am by your car in a sunny day, you'll stuck in a chaos of cars. If you want to see this beauty, I recommend you to do it when we all working in our offices.
You can find some local products, like wild berries, vegetables, chestnut, jams... They are expensive but recommendable. Also it is posible to ride horses here. You can do trekking, too.
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.
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 .
Uskadar is on the Asian side of the Bospherous. As there are few obvious sights on this side, many only take the ferry trip across to experience 'Asia'. But its worth simply wandering round the streets, stumbling across mosques, local food markets and, perhaps even more rewarding, the famed wooden buildings that have not been restored (many into hotels) as they have in the Sultanhamet area of the city. You will also see considerably more Turks than tourists simply going about their business. Combine the trip with the fantastic Kanaat Lokantasi restaurant or fish onone of the boats bobbing around on the Bospherous.
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.
The town of Uskudar on the Asian side was the traditional gathering point for pilgrimages to Mecca, and it became the site of several famous mosques erected by powerful female members of the imperial family over the centuries - Iskele Mosque, Atik Valide Mosque, Yeni Valide Mosque and the "Tiled Mosque." The Atik Valide Mosque is open only during prayer hours, which is not an appropriate time for sightseeing, however, a well connected guide can get you admitted by appointment at other times. This mosque was designed by Sinan, was built for Nur Banu, a Venetian and the first imperial wife and mother to rule the empire from the harem.
The Atik Valide is decorated with classic Iznik tiles, some of which were pried off the walls and ended up for sale at Sotheby's in London. They were returned, but a few were destroyed during the theft.
In the arcaded courtyard behind the mosque there is an attractive ablutions fountain. The large tree next to the fountain has been packed with clay to keep it stable, but it was at one time used by a shoemaker for his shop.
The tomb of the sultan's mother, Gulnus, at the mosque Yeni Valide, is roofless because she had asked to be buried where she would be "bathed by the rain." Behind the Yeni Valide mosque a very old haman is being reconstructed, and a beautiful outside fountain that is part of it can be seen as one leaves the mosque via the courtyard.
Ferries connect Istanbul and Uskadar.
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)
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 ... :)
An important historical place which is mostly passed by the visitors. This is the oldest turkish settlement in Istanbul. Kucuksu palace, Anatolian Castle, "sweet waters of Asia" are the main attractions.
Highly recommend you to pay a visit if you are around.
From a quiet day/weekend away to a fun packed swimming, quad biking, paintballing time of it, have a look at my Sile pages for ideas.
It is growing separately from my Istanbul page and it can easily be missed. I realized that I cannot allow this. So, here is the link to My Entire Kadikoy Page.