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Üsküdar

Municipality in Turkey

Travel Tips

Attend a performance at the Galata Mevlevi Museum for an authentic experience. 1

Explore diverse neighborhoods and use public transportation for an immersive experience. 2

Explore historical sites with guided tours to enhance your understanding and experience. 3

Join culinary tours to experience the best of Istanbul's food scene, support local artisans, and ensure you're contributing to the preservation of local culinary traditions. 4

Visit iconic sites like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and explore hidden gems like Uskudar and Camlica Mosque. 5

Explore landmarks like the Grand Bazaar. Utilize public transportation for easy navigation. 6

Take a ferry ride to see the city from both the European and Asian sides. 7

Visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and take a boat ride to the Princes’ Islands. 8

Explore local delicacies like çağ kebabı, kuymak, bicibici, tantuni, and humus at specific neighborhoods known for these dishes. Engage with local culinary heroes on tours to support their craft and preserve the city's unique food culture. 9

Enjoy your first taste of Turkey with a classic kebab dinner. 10

Introduction

Historical Background

  • 🏛️ Byzantine Era: Originally called Chrysopolis, founded in the 7th century BC by ancient Greek colonists.
  • ⚔️ Strategic Importance: Used as a harbor and shipyard, important in wars between Greeks and Persians.
  • 🏰 Ottoman Period: Known as Scutari, it became a major burial ground and cultural center.
  • 📜 Name Evolution: The name evolved from Skoutarion to Scutari and finally to Üsküdar.
  • 📅 Modern Era: Üsküdar has retained its historical significance and continues to be a cultural hub.

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Key Landmarks

  • 🏰 Maiden's Tower: A historic tower on a small islet, now an upscale restaurant and wedding venue.
  • 🏛️ Beylerbeyi Palace: A historic palace known for its architecture and gardens.
  • 🕌 Mihrimah Sultan Mosque: Designed by Mimar Sinan, located near the ferry terminal.
  • 🕌 Şemsi Pasha Mosque: Another mosque designed by Mimar Sinan, known for its small library.
  • 🕌 Yeni Valide Mosque: Commissioned by Ahmet III's mother, located opposite the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque.
  • 🕌 Atik Valide Mosque: Built by Murat III's mother, also designed by Mimar Sinan.
  • 🕌 Çinili Mosque: Known for its beautiful tiles, located uphill from the ferry dock.

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Transportation

  • 🚢 Ferries: Regular ferries to Eminönü, Karaköy, Kabataş, Beşiktaş, and Bosphorus suburbs.
  • 🚇 Marmaray: Üsküdar is a stop on the Marmaray rail service, connecting Gebze and Halkali.
  • 🚇 M5 Metro: Connects Üsküdar to Çekmeköy.
  • 🚌 Buses: Services run along the Bosphorus shore and to the summer town of Şile on the Black Sea.
  • 🚢 Boat Trips: Popular for scenic views of the Bosphorus and European shore.

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Neighborhoods

  • 🏘️ Acıbadem: Known for its patisseries, ice-cream parlors, and cafés.
  • 🏘️ Altunizade: Home to the Capitol shopping center and Altunizade Mosque.
  • 🏘️ Beylerbeyi: Famous for its fish restaurants and Beylerbeyi Palace.
  • 🏘️ Çengelköy: Known for its waterfront cafes and grand seaside villas.
  • 🏘️ Kuzguncuk: A village-like atmosphere with old-fashioned wooden houses and seaside cafes.
  • 🏘️ Salacak: Offers views of Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.
  • 🏘️ Paşalimanı: Known for its parkland and the headquarters of Ciner Group.

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Climate

  • 🌡️ Humid Subtropical: Üsküdar experiences a humid subtropical climate with cool winters and warm to hot summers.
  • 🌡️ Average Temperature: Slightly below 14°C (57°F).
  • 🌡️ Heat Zone: AHS heat zone rating of 3.
  • 🌡️ Hardiness Zone: Classified as USDA hardiness zone 9a.
  • 🌧️ Precipitation: Average annual precipitation is 838 mm (33.1 inches).

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Parks

  • 🌳 Çamlıca Hills: Popular picnic spot with panoramic views of Istanbul.
  • 🌳 Fethi Paşa Korusu: Large park extending to the Bosphorus shore, named after Ottoman prince Fetih Ahmet Paşa.
  • 🌳 Green Spaces: Üsküdar has many areas of greenery, including various parks and the Bosphorus coastline.
  • 🌳 Private Ownership: Some parks are privately owned but let to the state on condition they are preserved as parks.
  • 🌳 Recreational Activities: Parks offer spaces for strolling, picnicking, and open-air concerts.

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Mosques

  • 🕌 Mihrimah Sultan Mosque: Designed by Mimar Sinan, located near the ferry terminal.
  • 🕌 Şemsi Pasha Mosque: Another mosque designed by Mimar Sinan, known for its small library.
  • 🕌 Yeni Valide Mosque: Commissioned by Ahmet III's mother, located opposite the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque.
  • 🕌 Atik Valide Mosque: Built by Murat III's mother, also designed by Mimar Sinan.
  • 🕌 Çinili Mosque: Known for its beautiful tiles, located uphill from the ferry dock.
  • 🕌 Şakirin Mosque: Built in 2009, located in Karacaahmet Cemetery.
  • 🕌 Namazgâh Mosque: One of the few historical wooden mosques in Istanbul, built in 1860.
  • 🕌 Ahmediye Mosque: Another important mosque in Üsküdar.

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