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Istinye

on 21/07/2014

Istinye

      Istinye is situated on the European shore of the Bosphorus in the district of Sariyer, between Emirgan and its famous park and Yeniköy.

This lovely residential area with plenty of greenery is located on a famous little bay filled with small fishing boats alongside larger leisure vessels.

There is also a small permanent fish market that offers a variety of fresh products.

The bay of Stenia, Byzantine name of Istinye, has always played an important role in controlling the boats passing through the Bosphorus.

According to legend Jason and the Argonauts sailed through the strait and Jason built a temple in Stenia of which there are no remains.

Also there is no vestige of the old church and monastery that were built during the Byzantine era and dedicated to St Michael.

Every Monday Istinye welcomes its weekly market where the residents buy their fruits and vegetables.

During the Ottoman Empire some magnificent mansions were built in this beautiful and quiet location. Two of these traditional wooden buildings called yali make Istinye proud.

The Afif Pasha mansion is one of the most beautiful waterfront properties on the Bosphorus. It was built in 1895 by the famous Levantin architect Alexandre Vallaury who also built the archaeological museum of Istanbul and the Pera Palas.

The second masion, called Sehzade Burhanettin Yalisi, was built in the 19th century and was originally owned by an Armenian banker.


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