A summer garden of Sultans. It has two small Palaces which were used as summer houses by the Ottoman Sultans, a small lake, cafes, restaurants and lots of trees, birds and squirells.
Bring a rug, grab some food and enjoy a picnic under the trees. Locals flock to the city’s green spaces on sunny days, so arrive early to get a good spot. You can also eat and drink at the pavilions – the restaurants are pleasant and they boast pretty Bosphorus views.
“The Maçka Democracy Park is located in Şişli, on the Maçka Valley, and covers an area of 156,671 square meters. The first reference to a park in the valley dates from the 19th century, when the area along the stream, that runs through the valley, was used as a recreation spot.”
“There is a big supermarket named Migros and some other stores and restaurants inside this shopping mall.”
“Our neighboorhod's park, right above our flat. Perfect for a summer night's reading, eating ice cream.”
“Situated in the Sariyer, district of Istanbul, Emirgan Park covers the area of 47.2 hectare which is surrogated high walls. Previously named as ‘’Feridun Gardens,’’ that area was called Emirgan Park anymore. Because the park was given by Ottoman Emperor Murat IV as a present to Persian Emir Gune Han (Ameer Gune Khan) in 17th century. Then it was presented by Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz to Khedive of Egypt Ismail Pasha in 19th century. As it is seen that for centuries, it has passed into other people’s hands. Once you step into that magnificent park, you feel yourself in metaphysical world due to breathtaking scenery combining with the seaside; don’t be shocked if you encounter a friendly siquirrel with a nut in its hands. They climb the trees and play with the visitors. Today, it is possible to find quiet places, to watch its charming landscape towards Bosphorus, to lie down and take a sunbath and to read a book on the grass within the park. Also sometimes people can have a picnic here; you should take a sandwich and a cup tea when you come to the fascinating park. If you want to run, you can do it by watching the sea and by listening the voices of the chirpy birds. Except for those features, there are located three excellent Pavilions; they are Yellow, Pink and White Pavilions.”
“Topkapi Palace is located on a beautiful edge of Fatih area next to Bosphorus Strait. It was built in the 15th century to replace the old palace and became the new headquarters for the Ottoman Imperial family and leaders. In 1985, the palace has been declared as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO and today it is open as a museum for visitors. Although the palace has hundreds of rooms, many of them are not open to public but you can still see the most important areas such as the Harem, treasury room and more including the collections from the history of the Empire.”