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Taking the coast road from Ortakoy passing under the first of the Bosphorus intercontinental bridge, the 1km long Ataturk Bridge, and 2km from there is Arnavutkoy, one of the loveliest villages along the Bosphorus and famous for its waterfront wooden mansions (yalıs) and boat moorings carved out underneath them.

Originally famous for its vineyards this changed in the early 19th century after the introduction of strawberries.

Located north of the popular Kurucesme, Arnavutkoy, which means “Albanian Village” and named after the Albanian builders that were brought here in the 19th century to lay pavements in the city. Although it was once occupied by many Greeks and Jews only a few Greek people remain there today and all the Jews have left.

Waterside houses of Arnavutkoy

It has some lovely wooden houses on the waterside, although little else of interest is there, but if you venture inland you will find some excellent houses stretching up the hillside, some have lovely Art Nouveau features and most date back to the early 20th century. 

Tavernas

Inside the village are a few tavernas still run by the existing Greek people living there.

Robert College

Above the beautiful houses on the hillside stands the modern representation of the famous and influential Robert College .  

Getting to Arnavutkoy

An irregular ferry service runs from Eminonu and Cengelkoy to the Arnavutkoy landing stage (www.ido.com.tr) or take the 25 series buses from Kabatas or Besiktas or from Taksim Bus Nos. 40, 40T or 42T.

 

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