Besiktas, Istanbul

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    Walking route from Besiktas to Uskudar

    by neodue Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yahya efendi Lodge
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    This another walking tour starting from Ortakoy.Ortakoy is in Besiktas District of Istanbul.I remember in mid 80's it was a quite empty village with a an old coffe house next to the old port of the village.After 90's it has turned importan point for cafes.
    I will give you more tips about Ortakoy in next days.
    Hüsrev Kethüda Hamami, Barbaros Hayrettin Paþa Masouleum, Sinan Paþa Complex, Mihrimah Sultan Complex , Semsi Pasa Complex.

    If you go to Ortakoy , you see a nice small village (it was a koy (village) in 20th centry)
    There is a nice bosphorus wiew and lovely houses.You can have turkish local foods.
    There is Ortakoy hammam (now it is a Night club and rest.) you can see on the pic.
    One of the oldest buildings in Ortaköy is the Turkish Bath built by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan in 1556.
    Between Ortakoy-Besiktas centre you can walk or take a bus.If you walk yu can see a green tree sided road and im spring it s cover the road you walk under the shadow.
    If you walk before the Ciragan palace you can see a steepy road to YAHYA EFENDI TEKKE.
    He was the the chief religious official in the Ottoman Empire and was the friend of Sultan Magnificent Suleimans.You can see a small mosque from 16th century and very old historical cemetry from 16th century.

    After this tekke you will arrive to Besiktas Centre.At the left side by the sea there is a very small tomb of Barbarossa Hayrettin Pasha.This is Architect Sinans performance again.He was the chief commander of Turkish armada (navy).

    Opposite of the Barbarossa Tomb there is another Navy Chief Commaander's
    SINAN PASA Complex.It is Performance of The Architect Sinan.
    Cross the bosphorus by a public boat from Besiktas but first visit turkish navy museum in besiktas.If you want to story of turkish navy and old sultan boats.
    When you arrive to Uskudar bu boat you will see the Mihrimah sultan Mosque and Semsi pasa Complex.
    I hope you have had nice walking tour.

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    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    Atat��rk & The Republic Monument - Besiktas Square
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    Besiktas, pronounced "Beshiktash", is a lively district of Istanbul along the Bosphorus, just up from Dolmabahçe Palace. The area has long been a place for settlement. The Byzantines had a summer palace and several churches here, but being located outside of the walls of Constantinople, it was often raided, and very little remains of this period. After the Ottomans established control over the region, the Bosphorus, including Besiktas, was freed of the risk of raids. They constructed many buildings, mosques, and even several palaces here.
    Present-day Besiktas has become a bustling area of the city. With a ferry launch, as well as a bus terminal being located here, at times Besiktas can be down right packed full of people. There are many bars & restaurants in the area, and quite a few spots for shopping. I actually found some good deals on clothes and a pair of shoes here. For museum buffs, the Turkish Naval Museum and the Painting & Scuptures Museum are in Besiktas. And around the square, there are monuments to Atatürk, father of the Turkish Republic, and Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa, a famous Ottoman naval admiral who made his home here in the 16th cent.

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    by Birsen Written Feb 27, 2006

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    Besiktas Iskelesi ( port)

    Besiktas is very important location to reach the other part of the city. Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa Port is very convinient for you to take to asian part ( Uskudar). It is close to Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy also.

    Besiktas stands on the water's edge just beyond Dolmabahce Palace. Its present name means cradle stone, of doubtful origin, though one colorful tale attributes it to a stone that was brought here. The Byzantine Emperors had a palace here, and so too did later Ottoman Sultans, in particular Selim III whose beautiful wooden palace was replaced by his cousin Mahmut II with a grandiose marble edifice.

    Along the waterfront, is the Painting and Sculpture Museum. In it are Turkish paintings and sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Maritime Museum includes a range of navigational instruments, ships figureheads, arms, uniforms, models, paintings and memorabilia.

    On the other side of the road is Sinan Pasa Mosque built by his namesake, the architect Sinan. Sinan Pasa became Grand Admiral four years after Barbaros death.

    Ciragan Palace, the palace of illuminations, stands on the edge of the Bosphorus about 500 meters from Besiktas. It was yet another work of the Balyan family, designed by Nigogos and built by Sarkis for Sultan Abdul Aziz, and completed in 1874. Behind and beyond Ciragan Palace, the trees of Yildiz Park occupy the slope.

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