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    Beach on Asian side of Bosphorus.
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    Asian side of Bosphorus Anadolu Kavağı

    by IreneMcKay Updated Oct 2, 2014

    There are lots of sights on the Asian side of the Bosphorus such as Beylerbeyi Palace, Küçüksu Palace, Anadolu Hisari, Anadolu Kavağı. I visited all of these but no longer have any photos of all of them.

    Beylerbeyi Palace is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus near the Bosphorus Bridge. Beylerbeyi Palace was an Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s. It was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz. He used it as his summer residence and for entertaining important visitors. Empress Eugénie of France visited Beylerbeyi on route to the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Legend states that when Empress Eugénie entered the palace she had linked arms with Sultan Abdülaziz, and his mother Pertevniyal Sultan, was so outraged by her overfamiliarity that she slapped her right across the face. Other important visitors included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

    The deposed Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II lived in captivity in Beylerbeyi Palace from 1912 until his death in 1918. He was deposed after the 1908 Young Turk Revolution.This revolution was brought about due to unhappiness at Sultan Abdulhamid II's dissolution of the Ottoman parliament and constitution. His actions had given him absolute control for 30 years.

    Küçüksu means small stream. Küçüksu Palace is a summer palace in Küçüksu on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. This little European style palace was used by Ottoman sultans as a hunting lodge. It was commissioned by Sultan Abdul Mejid I and designed by architect Garabet Amira Balyan. The palace was completed in 1857. The palace appeared in the James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough".

    Anadolu Hisari is a fortress on the Asian side of the Bosporus. It was built between 1393 and 1394 by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I. He was nicknamed The Thunderbolt. He wanted this fortress as a base from which to organize the Second Ottoman Siege of Constantinople. Another fortress, Rumelihisarı, was built between 1451 and 1452 by Mehmet the Conqueror opposite Anadoluhisarı on the European side of the Bosphorus in order to obtain absolute control over ships sailing on the Bosphorus Strait.

    One place I do have photos of is Anadolu Kavağı. This is the last stop on the Bosphorus cruise, but you can also get here by bus. It is a small fishing village with fish restaurants and a ruined castle.

    The castle is called Yoros Castle. There was also a castle on the opposite side of the Bosphorus in Rumeli Kavağı. A massive chain could be stretched across the Bosphorus between these two castles to prevent enemy warships from entering the Bosphorus.

    Yoros Castle was in a very strategic location and the Byzantines, Genoese, and Ottomans fought over it for many years. In 1305 it was conquered by Ottoman forces, then recaptured by the Byzantines. Sultan Bayezid I, the thunderbolt, seized control of the castle in 1391 while he was preparing for his siege of Constantinople. In 1399 the Byzantines tried and failed to recapture Yoros Castle. The Ottomans retained control of the fortress from 1391 until 1414 when they lost it to the Genoese. The Genoese retained control of the castle for the next forty years. When Mehmed the Conqueror took control of Constantinople in 1453, he drove the Genoese out.

    There are also lovely beaches on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Friends took us to the one in my third picture by car, but I have forgotten the beach's name.

    Anadolu Kavagi Anadolu Kavagi Beach on Asian side of Bosphorus.
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    Anadolu Kavagi

    by magor65 Written Feb 26, 2014

    Anadolu Kavagi is a little village on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, not far from the Black Sea. It is the last stop on the Full Bosphorus Cruise from Istanbul.
    The first thing we did after coming ashore was heading for the ruins of Yoros Castle up the hill. The walk is quite steep but it takes only about 25 minutes and soon you are rewarded with stunning views towards the Black Sea and over Bosphorus. On the top there are the remnants of the castle with two well-preserved towers, but getting inside is impossible. On our way down we stopped in one of several restaurants that are located at the sites with beautiful views. We equally enjoyed cold Efes beer and stunning scenery.
    The village itself has some souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. We just managed to grab some sandwiches (they were less than good) from a take-away place and it was time to get back.

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    The Genose Fortress - Fortress of Asia

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 12, 2012

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    The ruins of a small fortress built by Sultan Beyazit during the 1390's. Located on the opposite side of the Bosphorus to The Fortress of Europe. The small fortress stood on a hilltop overlooking the Bosphorus.

    Our photo was from the Bosphorus ferry.

    Genoese Castle 14th Century Fortress
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    Yoros castle ruins

    by Raimix Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    Yoros castle is known already from Byzantine times, when it was strategic point when entering Bosporus from Black sea. In 1305 it was retaken by Ottomans, and castle was fortified. Later, from 1414 to 1454 it belonged to Genoese, but Ottomans, when taking Istanbul, both took again this strategic place. A mosque and more fortifications were added.

    Nowadays it is just ruins, where you still could see a Byzantine style construction method - alternating layers of stone and brick. It is great place, as here you could see the sea connecting to Bosporus. It also great to know you are already in Asia, but another bank is Europe.

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    Bosphorus Tour to Anadolu Kavagi

    by Nada_S Written Oct 14, 2011

    I made full bosphorus tour to anadolu kavagi,if theres great weather,may be early to get a ticket. you can sit inside or outside, it cost 25TRL p.P., one tour is about 90min where you can see much historical things and make photos.Anadolu is small village with much restaurants directly on the pier and the staffs can be very annoying.you can stay in the village or make a walk to the castle, where you have great view to the black sea. this walk is uphill and sometimes not good walking for old people or kids. for this trip theres also an audio tour available in different languages, cost about 10TRL

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    Fresh fish and seafood with beautiful panaroma

    by muratkorman Updated Mar 10, 2010

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    Anadolukavagi is at the end of Bosphorus in the Asian side. This place is famous for several fish restaurants in this area. A beautiful panaroma and fresh fish is a fantastic combination to enjoy. Yoros Castle is also located here which you can take a steep walk to reach. You can take the boat from Sariyer or Eminonu. There is also a public bus from the Asian side. Especially during summer time, Anadolukavagi becomes one of the most popular spots in Istanbul.

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    ANADOLU KAVAGI - YOROS CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Aug 4, 2009

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    Yoros Castle is located in Anadolu Kavagi on the hill above the town.

    It's here where the Bosphorus and the Black Sea meet, and it is one of the narrowest stretches of the Bosphorus. Rumeli Kavagai is a fortress on the other side. Years ago, a massive chain could be extended across the Bosphorus between these two points, cutting off the straits to attacking warships. Because of this, it is a very important area for the Turkish defence, so most of the area surrounding the Castle ruins are out of bounds.

    To reach it you have to climb quite a steep hill, but its worth it, the views are fantastic. There isn't much left of the Castle!
    Its nice to sit on the walls and watch all the Ships, there is a constant stream! A pretty spot!

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    Remains of Yoros Castle Remains of Yoros Castle Views from the Castle Views from the Castle views from the Castle
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    ANADOLU KAVAGI - The Village & Gourds

    by balhannah Updated Aug 4, 2009

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    This small fishing village is the last stop on the Bosphorus cruise before you turn around and head back to Istanbul.
    The boat drops you off by a square in the centre. Here there are plenty of Restaurants, and some Souvenir shops, there really isn't a lot here. There are more restaurants located on the way up to the Castle ruins, these have marvellous views of the Bosphorus.

    One interesting shop I did see, "GOURDS", and I actually spoke to the Gentleman who made them into interesting designs.
    See the photos! don't know how to explain, but they were different!

    Not for sale!  (His family he told me) Gourds Gourds
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    A BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN ISTANBUL

    by neodue Written Jul 22, 2008

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    It s one of the popular sigths of Istanbul.It s very near teh city and still can stay as a village form cause it was military zone until 1990's and that reason saved these heaven from the concrete jungel.

    Why do not go to at weekends?It s easy to go by public boat at took 1hour 35min.You can see all bosphorus all villages and sea villas (YALI) and bridges and nature and when you arrive to ANADOLUKAVAGI(there is another KAVAK.It s smaller and with less attraction RUMELI KAVAGI.Kavak is name of teh popla tree in turkish.ANADOLU means asian side in turkish "Anatolian" and Rumeli is European side (Rumeli means (Roman Lands) )

    So local or foreigner tourists goes to weekend to this point and it s very full with people and you do not undertstand what are you doing? I suggest you to go there in the week or during the winters.

    http://www.ido.com.tr/en/index.cfm?page=SubPage&kapsam=178&textid=1591&ln=EN
    above the link of the time table of the public boats.

    it departs 3 times from Emionu at 10:35,12:00 and 13:35 and depart from A.KAVAK 15:00,16:15,17:00

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    What to do?
    When you arrive to A.Kavak walk around the small streets and be carefull and keep away from the ripe off prices.I suggest you to by half bread fish they can cheat very much for this budget food.But if you go to restaurant and check the menu.Do noy pay more 20,00YTL for each person.Check the prices.Fish can be 10,00YTL salat 3,00YTL bread ,coke,beer etc.

    You boat will stay there about 3 hours.After lunch climd the hill and arrive the top of the town.There is a Byzantine (Genoian) castske YOROS in greek.It has beautiful wiew of the black sea exit of the Bosphorus strait.Bosphorus is not a river.It s the straight between black sea and Marmara (PROPONTIS)

    YOROS CASTLE AND KAVAK YOROS CASTLE ANADOLU KAVAK HOUSES FROM THE KAVAK HILL LOOKING TO SOUTH ANADUKAVAGI

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    You're Welcomed to Anadolu Kavagi, Istanbul!!

    by artonice Written Jun 8, 2007

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    We went to Anadolu Kavagi with friends .It's a small village in the Anatolian(Asian) Part of Istanbul at the end of Bosphorus.I love this place so much.There are all kind of fish Restaurants by the coast.There is also a castle named ''Yoros'' at the top of the hills.There is an amazing view from here where you can see Black Sea and the ships that are entering Bosphorus from Black Sea.

    BLACK SEA
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    Anadolukavagi

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 10, 2007

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    Located in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, Anadolukavagi is a small fishing village on the Asian side, near the point where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. There are many restaurants and cafes within the area, mostly here to accommodate the many people that arrive here on ferries for daytrips. Actually when we visited Anadolukavagi, we drove into town, knowing to stay away from the ferry landing area, where the workers at these restaurants try anything and everything to get you to come into their establishment. If you do in fact come here by ferry, I would advise running through the gauntlet of restaurants in the immediate landing area, and walk further into the town. The spots here are much better, and less stressful for that matter. Also as you walk around the village, you will see numerous old-fashioned, very attractive homes, many built in the early 1900's. One thing you must try to do is visit the Yoros Kalesi, a fortress atop the hill overlooking the village. It is an interesting historical site, and also provides some excellent views of the Bosphorus and the entrance of the Black Sea.

    A View Down the Bosphorus From Anadolukavagi
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    Yoros Kalesi

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 10, 2007

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    Yoros Kalesi is a ruined fortress located in Anadolukavagi on the Asian side of the Bosphorus near the entrance to the Black Sea. Yoros, along with the fortress that had been located at Rumelikavagi on the European side, were both originally constructed by the Byzantines in the 12th century to control traffic through the Bosphorus. The Genoese were given control of the area and the fortresses during the decline of the Byzantine Empire following the sack of Constantinople in 1204 by the Crusaders. Eventually after Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453, the Genoese lost power in the region, and the fortress, as well as the area, were taken taken over by the Turks. Today the fortification of Yoros is still relatively intact. It stands atop the hill above Anadolukavagi, providing some incredible views of the spot where the Bosphorus and Black Sea meet. You can drive right up to it if you have a vehicle, or you can take a ferry boat to Anadolukavagi, and make the climb up the hill to Yoros.

    Yoros Kalesi Yoros Kalesi
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    Anadolu Kavagi and Yoros Kalesi

    by maykal Written Feb 8, 2006

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    So, you've taken my advice and have arrived in Anadolu Kavagi, and now you're asking me why I've brought you here when there's nothing but fish restaurants and ice cream parlours. Well, ignore all the restaurant touts, and push your way through the village (push in the literal sense, as it can get quite crowded in summer!) to a road heading past the military base. Climb up and up, until you see a sign pointing to Yoros Castle (it is well hidden, so keep your eyes peeled...look out for steps leading to a cafe on the left). It is a steep, seemingly more so in the heat, so take plnty of water with you...it is worth it though, as you'll discover when you enter a ruined archway into an even more ruined castle. With panoramic views down the Bosphorus and up to the Black Sea, this is a popular place for a picnic.

    While waiting for the boat, buy an ice cream and watch the local kids perform for the crowds by throwing somersaults of the roof of the ferry.

    On the way back to Eminonu, look out for the summer houses or yalilar. Some of the older ones are really quite pretty, although a couple of the wooden ones could do with some renovation. Newer yalilar have been built by the nouveau riche and it is always fun to peer into their backyards to see if they have more money than sense! Taking the ferry is really the only way you can appreciate Istanbul's coastal buildings, as most of them are well hidden from the road.

    Yoros Kalesi and the Bosphorus Picnicking at Yoros Kalesi Anadolu Kavagi
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    Anadolu Kavagi

    by ophiro Written Jul 26, 2005

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    Anadolu Kavagi is on the way up the Bosphorus to the black sea.
    This is the last stop of the ferry from Istanbul and located on the asian side.

    There are nice restaurants at the bottom near the ferry's station and you can climb up the hill to the fortress to see the beautiful view of the bosphorus.

    up the hill

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    Anadolu Kavagi

    by MalenaN Updated Aug 30, 2004

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    Anadolu Kavagi is the last stop of the Bosphorus ferry. It is a village on the Asian side of the strait. Here there are a lot of fishrestaurants, a few souvenir stalls and dondurma sellers. Everything for the daytrippers comming with the ferry.
    On the hill above the village there is a castle from where the view is supposed to be great. Unfortunatly I couldn't make it there as the rain was really heavy.

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