Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Üsküdar - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'39.9"N 29°04'09.5"E / 41.027743, 29.069296

Buyuk Camlica Hill Park & Restaurant / Uskudar - Istanbul photo bcamlica_park123.jpg


Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Çamlıca Tepesi), aka Big Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi) to differentiate from the nearby Little Çamlıca Hill (Turkish: Küçük Çamlıca Tepesi), is a hill in Üsküdar district of Istanbul, Turkey. Situated on the Asian part of the city at 268 m (879 ft) above sea level, Çamlıca Hill has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn.

The hill is a popular visitor attraction. There is historical-designed teahouses, cafes and a restaurant inside a public park with monumental trees, flower gardens and fountains, run by the Metropolitan Municipality. In many poems and works of literature, Istanbul is known for its seven hills, Çamlıca is the tallest of the seven. Çamlıca Hill, which is also mentioned in many songs, is located in Üsküdar. The most beautiful sunsets in the entire city can be viewed from this hill.

In addition to the hill’s famous views, it is also home to many cafes, where you can get your fill of the unique pleasure that narghile offers. Often, newly-married couples make trips to Çamlıca Hill after their ceremony, further adding to the lively atmosphere on the hill.

Çamlıca got its name from the pine trees in the area (Çam means Pine in Turkish). First settlers turned the entire region into a pine forest, which survived not only the Roman period but also the Byzantines. In ancient times both Camlica hills were covered with pine trees so thick that no sunlight could shine through them. There were also wildflowers in all colors and poppies.

Ottoman Sultans had a high interest on Çamlıca. Sultan Murat IV ordered to build the first Summer residence here. Sultan Mehmet IV, who was given the nickname "Hunter", built a hunting lodge. The area of the spring water in Büyük Çamlıca was also upgraded during his reign. During the reign of Sultan Selim III, Çamlıca became a recreational place, together with the enjoyments in the Bosphorus and Kagithane.

During the Ottoman period, Çamlıca Hill and some other hills in Istanbul were also used for training birds of prey, such as hawk, falcon and peregrine. Ivaz Fakih, whose grave is in Çamlıca, was a religious person and a peregrine breeder during that time and the hill was handed to him as Peregrine Grooming Place for the first time, and later to Doğancıbaşı's and Şahincibaşı's, heads of falcon and hawk breeders.

The German emperor Wilhelm II has strolled and admired Çamlıca during his visit to Istanbul by the end of 1800's. He asked Çamlıca Hill from Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit II for raising a monument here, but Sultan Abdulhamit kindly refused him telling as an excuse the existence of the tomb of Ivaz Fakih, who is admired by the Turks. After this refusal, Keiser Wilhelm II has ordered to build the German Fountain in the Sultanahmet Square as a gift to the sultan.

Çamlıca has also an important place in Turkish literature. Many poets and authors of the Administrative Reforms (Tanzimat) age, and also other literature figures who lived in later years have mentioned Çamlıca in their works.

Located in Çamlıca, one of the most important recreation areas facing across the Bosphorus and Marmara Sea, the Çamlıca Social Facility can accommodate 1,470 people in total with its outdoor space of 3,000 m2 and restaurant section of 400 m2.

Today, With its traditional snack "Gozleme", ice cream and corn on the cob, with its kiosks, fountains, tea and coffee shops and restaurants operated by the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul, surrounded by historic trees, great flora, colorful flowers and tulips, and with a cool breeze, Çamlıca attracts many local and foreign visitors enjoying the magnificent panorama of the Bosphorus and the city.

The hill is also one of the best locations in Istanbul where the migrating birds can be observed. Bird-watchers from all around the world come here especially in September and October or in the Spring time to watch the birds.


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