Summer Fun On The Göksu

An inspiration to the Ottoman dynasty’s poet and composer sultans, this elegant building is a museum today. Open daily except Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: +90 216 332 33 03

1 KÜÇÜKSU
This hunting pavilion which rises in the middle of a large flower garden on the shores of the Bosporus was built in the mid-19th century at the behest of Sultan Abdulmejid.

2 MIHRIŞAH SULTAN FOUNTAIN
Don’t miss this graceful fountain in the garden of the Küçüksu Pavilion, which was used by the Ottoman sultans for rest and recreation, including horseback riding and target practice. Built in 1806 in memory of Mihrişah Valide Sultan, the mother of Selim III, the fountain is noteworthy for its domed roof and ornamentation.

3 KÜÇÜKSU
This excursion ground, where fairs were held, barrel organs played and Turkish theater in the round was performed in Ottoman times, has reverted today to a beach. Boasting a matchless panorama here at the narrowest point of the Bosporus, it offers children’s parks and exercise equipment as well as picnicking and sunbathing areas.

4 ANADOLUHISARI
Built by Sultan Bayezid I, the ‘Lightning Bolt’, in the 14th century, this fortress for which the quarter is named is well worth seeing even though a portion of it has disappeared over time. Standing in all its splendor on the banks of the Göksu, it continues to be one of the Bosporus’s loveliest adornments with its restaurants and tea gardens strung out along the shore.

5 YILDIRIM BAYEZID PARK
Although the museum at the entrance to the castle is closed for now, you can nevertheless savor the pleasure of Istanbul in the large adjacent park, where elegant old mansions leaning against the castle’s historic walls, century-old wooden houses lining the narrow streets, modest coffeehouses, scattered benches and the incessant calls of birds await you with naive, old-fashioned charm.

6 NAMAZGÂH (PLACE OF PRAYER)
Just next to the waterside walls of the Anadolu Hisar you will spot a small garden enclosed by a wall. Hidden here is one
of Istanbul’s oldest open-air mosques. Built as a place of worship for the soldiers who were preparing for the conquest
of Istanbul, it dates to 1396.

7 BOSPORUS YALIS
The oldest seafront mansion on the Bosporus, this ‘yalı’ is just one of many rare examples you will see on a Göksu excursion along with those of Kıbrıslı Mehmet Pasha, Remzi Bey, Mustafa Pasha, Sedat Bey and Salih Mehmet Efendi. Built in 1699, the Amcazâde Hüseyin Pasha Yalı is currently covered with a ‘paravent’ close to its original color as it undergoes restoration.

8 CRUISE ON THE GÖKSU
An ancient tradition is being revived on the waters of the Göksu, the famed ‘Sweet Waters of Asia’ and scene of legendary caïque excursions in Ottoman times. In writer Salâh Birsel’s words, the Göksu’s ‘exquisite hour’ begins at five in the afternoon with cruises outings that continue right up to sunset. Various places along the river are organizing the excursion, which runs between Hisar and Baruthane Çayırı.