Asian Istanbul Tour

Glata Bridge
Beylerbeyi Palace
Camlica Hill
Back to Eminonu-Galata Bridge

Beylerbeyi Palace, a residential Ottoman summer palace commisioned to palace architect Sarkis Balyan  in the 1860s on orders of  Sultan Abdulaziz on the Asian shore of the BosphorusThe elogance of the  palace impressed   Empress Eugénie of France when she visited Beylerbeyi on her way to the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Many other state guests, including Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia and Duke and Duchess of Windsor enjoyed the comfort of the palace.

Camlica Hill, a pine wood covered hill located in Üsküdar on the Asian side that has been the subject of inspirations for many poets who have found peace and tranquility. There are several pavilions and cafes placed in the beautiful setting of the hill decorated in the Ottoman style. The hill has an elevation of 262 meters above sea level. There is a second hill nearby called little Camlica  of 229 meters elevation.  Every year in September and October bird watching enthusiast gather to watch migrating birds flying over the city.

Kadikoy,  the oldest district of Istanbul on the Asian side facing the historic peninsula, a good view point of Topkapi Palace, and a long shoreline facing the princes' islands. A modern populous town with lots of commercial activity with its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops it rightly deserves to be the cultural centre of the Anatolian Istanbul. Several ferry companies operate from Kadikoy to Eminönü, Karaköy, Kabatas and Besiktas. Ferries also operate to  princes' islands.

Uskudar, old historic Scutari on the Asian side with a good view of the Europian side of Bosphorus, forinstance Dolmabahce Palace. Uskudar has a long shoreline of Bosphorus which is very convenient for sea traffic with the Europian side.The ferry docks are many all along the shore of Bosphorus, the SH (Sehir Hatları) ferries, the TurYol ferries and the Dentur Avrasya ferries going to Eminönü, Karaköy, Kabatas and Besiktas, Ortakoy, and more.

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