Discover Kadıköy, The Nostalgic Side Of Istanbul!
Kadikoy, located on the Asian side of Istanbul, has a special elegance and charm, with its lively and intimate atmosphere, its historical buildings, its charming views of the Marmara Sea, and its tumultuous nightlife. This region is an important center for transportation, shopping, cultural and literary events, and has many cafes, bars, and restaurants that have wonderful views of the Marmara Sea and the campus of Marmara University, the second-largest university in Turkey. When you visit Kadikoy, you will be amazed at the beauty and simplicity of life in it, and who will be surprised at the many activities that you can do in this area.
The history of Kadikoy, which in Turkish means "village of the judge", dates back to Chalcedonian Megarians, 635 BC. Historically, this city is very important for the history of Christianity. In the year 451 AD, the Council of Chalcedon was held there, which contributed to the split of the Church and the departure of the Eastern Churches from the Roman and Byzantine Church. The Ottomans changed the name of the city to KadiKöy because it was the village in which the judge resided in Constantinople and the word köy in Turkish means village.
In this article, we will review some of the most amazing activities that you can do and some of the most important historical places that you should visit when you come to Kadikoy.
One of the best things to do in Kadikoy is to stroll around Kadikoy Square, Moda, and Fenerbahce Kalamis, watch the crowd, relax, drink tea or coffee in the various cafes near the sea. Kadikoy Beach is very popular among young people.
Visit Kadikoy Market and Bahariye Street
Kadikoy Market and the famous Bahariye Street, with its distinctive Turkish cultural character, are one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Kadikoy district. There you will find a wide range of shops from vegetable and fruit sellers to fish merchants, and from spice shops to pastry shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
It is worth exploring and seeing the popular fish market in the market area. The street that provides tourists and travelers with antique shops and second-hand bookstores recognized as the "Tellalzade Kadikoy" region's popular street. On the road, you can come across the other popular Street called Sanatcilar Street (Artists St.) before you get to Bahariye Street, and here you will find several beautiful potteries, paintings, and art shops by local artists.
Bahariye Street is one of the most distinctive, lively, and crowded pedestrian streets in Kadikoy. In this area, there is an old red tram that starts from Kadikoy Port passing through this street.
On this street, you will find many luxurious restaurants, beautiful cafes, pubs and bars, many luxurious shops, and literary and cultural event centers. One of the most important buildings for cultural events is the Sureyya Opera House, which is one of the most striking buildings.
Visit Süreyya Opera House
This building dates back to 1927 when this opera house was designed and built by Sureyya Ilmen Pasa and was intended to be an opera house, theater, and party house and has been used as a cinema hall for many years. In 2007, this building was restructured and restored to its original state and returned to work again as an opera house.
Get a Picture Near The Bull Statue In Istanbul
The bull statue is one of the most famous symbols of the Kadikoy region. The original name of this statue is the "fighting bull", and it dates back to the sixties of the nineteenth century when it was made by a French artist in Paris, and its purpose was to symbolize the war that France won against Germany and to symbolize the strength of the French army at the time. In the 1870s, Germany defeated France in the war, and the statue was transferred to Germany. In 1917, the German Emperor donated this statue to the Ittihat and Terakki Community and the community presented it as a gift to Enver Pasha.
This statue remained in the Enver Pasha Palace for nearly 50 years, after which it was moved to many places in Istanbul, such as the Hilton Hotel in Taksim and the Kadikoy Municipal Building Park, and in 1990 the statue was moved and placed in its current location to become a symbol of this region.
Visit Ayia Efimia Greek Orthodox Church
The Greek Orthodox Church Aya Efimia is located in the square of the Kadikoy Market District. The history of the church dates back to 1694. According to legend, Aya Ephimia was the one who was murdered in 305, due to his resistance to the dogma of the pagan community and his choice of Christianity.
Haydarpasa Railway Station and Pier
Haydarpasa Railway Station and Pier is a popular landmark in Kadikoy. Haydarpaşa railway station was first built by the Germans in 1908 as a huge building for the Berlin-Baghdad railway project.
Visit Selimiye Barracks Museum
Another great attraction in Kadikoy is Selimiye Barracks. This barracks was named after Sultan Selim III, who undertook a project to restructure and establish a new army comparable to the Ottoman army, and it was called " Yeniceri". This building underwent renovation in 1825 during the reign of Sultan Mahmud II.
Have a Tour At The Barış Manço House Museum
This house has a peculiarity in this region as it contains a history of one of Turkey's most famous artists and the world-famous Barış Manço. This house was converted into a museum that simulates the life of this artist after his death in 1999 in the upscale Moda neighborhood in Kadikoy. There you can see this artist's belongings, albums, photos, and more.
Visit Istanbul Toy Museum
This museum is located in the Goztepe neighborhood in Kadikoy. This museum was established in 2005 by the famous Turkish poet and novelist Sunay Akin, and this museum displays famous examples of toys that date from the eighteenth century to the present day.