YEŞİLKÖY

  • Yeşilköy where we “touch”

    the old İstanbul Culture

    The old İstanbul culture mosaic emerges also from the diversity of its inhabitants. The warmth of the Eastern culture and the development of the Western culture come into leaf on these soils, beautiful people intertwine like ivy and form a solid wall.

    Yeşilköy is one of the very few neighborhoods that still bear the old İstanbul culture. The inhabitants, whether new or old, embrace the same memories: no one forgets that there used to be two outdoor summer and one indoor winter cinema in Yeşilköy once, the Cem Karaca, Barış Manço, Ajda Pekkan, Kamuran Akkor and Vasfi Uçaroğlu concerts at the Yeşilköy Reks summer cinema, Müzeyyen who gave injections, health officer Yüksel, Stefo’s tavern, Gar Restaurant at the Station, Arnavut Selim’s genuine cherry ice cream, the hot buns of Babula at the exit of Reks, the Mehtap Family Tea Garden on the shore located to the right of the pier that was approached by boats bringing potable (spring) water in glass bottles from Çubuklu, the juke box in the garden that contained many 45-rpm records where you could listen to what you wanted by inserting 25 kurush and pressing the relevant buttons, baby sharks that washed ashore at the port in front, that Waterman Bayram’s boat could not approach and bring water to the village when there was a southwester storm, one of the girls in the acrobatics shows at the circus tent set up at the place where the Yeşilköy 50. Yıl High school is located was Semiha Yankı, there used to be okra fields in place of the present high school building a long time ago, and the ball field called “votare” that was at the same place later on, the Yeşilköy Record Factory, with acres of gardens, was located at the place of the current mass housing estate and produced records under Grafson, Emi etc. brands, people rode on coaches to go to the airport to meet passengers arriving at the airport, there was a dairy farm in the Yeşilköy cove, there used to be a disco in Yeşilköy and this disco was located in Çınar Hotel, and the manager of that disco and the adjacent patisserie was Uğur Dündar, the football games held in front of Çınar Hotel, Yeşilyurt and Yeşilköy residents who came to watch, the lahmacun seller who sold lahmacun in a basket placed in a baby stroller and the lemonade vendor during those games, the wooden building where many famous Turkish movies were filmed, and brought Adile Naşit, Hülya Koçyiğit, Türkan Şoray, Münir Özkul and many other famous film stars together, and the caramel, banana, chocolate and vanilla ice-cream that Ramazan Abi made and served in wafers or the super cornets that he prepared, in front of that building, at the first place where he was established. Being a Yeşilköy inhabitant means being a part of a culture with such warm feelings...

  • İstanbul’s neighborhood that we have re-discovered

    Yeşilköy

    Everyone knows that Yeşilköy means the airport for those who are not from Yeşilköy.
    Yeşilköy – or Hagia Stefanos by its name before 1926 – is a neighborhood that has managed to preserve its historical texture, has a lively market, is located inside İstanbul, and yet has managed to hide its unique culture from İstanbul.
    Tall buildings are not allowed because it is close to the airport. Maybe that is how Yeşilköy has been able to maintain its historical texture…
    The locals used to be generally Greeks (almost all have migrated) and Armenians (only a very small part still lives today) and Levant (the Italian and French public of İstanbul, almost all have migrated today.)
    Following the Crimean War, the French settled here and built one of the three lighthouses of İstanbul.
    Yeşilköy is a neighborhood that has been the stage of several milestones in history. During the 1878 War, the Russians established their military quarters in Yeşilköy and the Hagia Stefanos Treaty that recorded the results of the 1877-1878 Ottoman-Russian War was signed here. In addition, the resolution to exile Abdul Hamid II to Thessaloniki was made here. Thousands of soldiers, who fell ill with cholera in 1912, during the Balkan Wars, were brought here. And, almost 3000 of them died. The dead were buried near the train station. The Campaign Army (Hareket Ordusu) gave the last break of its excursion, which had started at Thessaloniki, here. The projection of this historical stopover has reflected onto the names of the streets and avenues of Yeşilköy: such as “Harekat Ordusu Street”, “Mahmut Şevket Paşa Avenue”, “14 Nisan Street”. Yeşilköy has been called Hagia Stefanos until 1924. The name “Yeşilköy”, which is advised to be proposed by Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil who had lived here for years, has been given to the quarter 1930 during the process of organizing the administrative structure of İstanbul.


    You may come across interesting venues in the streets of Yeşilköy any time.

    There are many interesting street names in Yeşilköy: Andelip Street, Endaze Street. Serbesti Avenue, Yeşilzeytin Street, Tayyareci Nuri Street, Sübyan Mektebi Street, Dr.Kalangos Street, Naima Street, Mirasyedi Street, Gülibrişim Street... And, each of them has a unique history.
    You may come across historical mansions and also churches on these streets. And maybe, entertainment venues.


    Latin (Italian) Catholic Church

    From the former residents of Yeşilköy, the Greek have almost abandoned the neighborhood by now. Meanwhile, there is a concentrated Armenian community still living in the neighborhood. There is the Italian Catholic Church located right next to the residential and nursing home. Christian religious officers who came to Yeşilköy used to stay here in the past. It is a very austere building from the architectural perspective as compared to the Catholic churches in Italy and in Spain. The sculptures and paintings inside are really worth seeing.


    Surp Stefanos Armenian Gregorian Church

    The word Surp means the same as Saint in our language, or Hagia in Greek. Hagia Stefanos in Greek, Surp Stefanos in Armenian. You can observe that paintings find place in Armenian churches, rather than sculpture.


    A hidden holy spring among restaurants

    There are fish restaurants lined up along a side street, the actual name of which is Çamözü Street. The tables flow out to the street. Especially during the summer evenings, entertainment is never missing. On the left-hand side of the street, there is a tiny door squeezed between the taverns. When you pass between the tables, go down the stairs and enter inside through the door, that candle odor unique to churches welcomes you. This is a holy spring... In other words, a water spring that the Greek Orthodox attributed holiness to. There are several fountains from which this holy water flows and candle holders. People make wishes and pray here; drink from these waters.

  • Perfect times

    “Savoring” Yeşilköy

    The advices of Jackson Brown, given in the tone of a “contemporary living guru”, are a bundle of wisdom that may be used to live meaningfully and satisfactorily.

    Drive a cheap car but buy the best home you may own…

    Always have good books even if you never read them…
    Be forgiving for yourself and others…
    Make sure that your shoes are always polished…
    Ask for a raise in your salary when you think that you deserve it…
    Always buy somethings from vendor kids, regardless of what they sell…
    Donate two bottles of blood every year…
    Never refuse homemade desserts…
    Do not postpone joys…
    Do not delay Thank You letters…
    Never, ever lose your hope, miracles happen every day…
    Respect teachers, firemen and night watches…
    Respect those who guard our country…
    Do not lose time to learn the tricks of your profession, learn your profession instead…
    Cast your vote…
    Use your wisdom to entertain, not to make fun of others…
    Whistle…
    Train your kids, but do not forget to show them your love…
    Never encourage anyone to be the advocate of someone else…

  • Perfect times

    Yeşilköy is beautiful with everything it owns

    Yeşilköy coast

    When you start to get slightly tired of strolling around, you may walk through Doktor Kalangos Street and throw yourself to the coast through the first gangway you find and relieve your fatigue....From the Florya side, you reach the Çiroz Beach. There are green areas where you may have a picnic right behind the beach. But, the actual lively part of the Yeşilköy coast is the part towards the Yeşilyurt coast. There are several more beaches next to the Yeşilköy Marina, where small yacht and boats more. These are authentic sand beaches organized by the Municipality.

  • Your place is here

    Marina

    Yeşilköy Marina is one of the most peaceful venues of İstanbul. You may see Yeşilköy residents getting relieved of the day’s fatigue at this peaceful venue, before sundown on an ordinary summer evening. Those who come from work, those exercise in the evening, those who walk with their kids, all come to the coast to end the day.

    Entertainment

    There are entertainment venues, large and small, appealing to all tastes, along the coastline with the fantastic panorama of the Marina.
    Choose one at your sweet will and enjoy.

    Shopping

    The pleasant neighborhood situated on the coast is nested with shopping centers.
    You may spend a couple of pleasant hours on the coast towards the evening, then do your shopping and go home in high spirits.