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Besiktas Istanbul

Besiktas Istanbul
This part of the city, although often missed by tourists, is very busy as it has the main interchanges for buses and ferries and also a new Metro line is under construction.

The name Besiktas means “cradle stone” and it is claimed that a piece of Jesus’ cradle was brought here from Bethlehem by early Christians and placed in a local church, and later taken to Hagia Sophia from where it was believed to be stolen by the Fourth Crusaders in the 1204.  

Things to do in Besiktas

Shopping in Besiktas and Nisantasi

Besiktas is also a very busy shopping area for the more ordinary people with normal spending budgets, and for those with more spending power the more upmarket neighbourhood of Nisantasi is nearby.

Restaurants in Besiktas

At the centre of its network of shopping streets on the west-side of hectic Barbados Boulevard or Bulvari you can find an undercover fish market surrounded by many fish restaurants.

Places to Visit in Besiktas

Naval Museum

Besiktas’s main attraction is the Naval Museum which is located on the waterfront next to Barbados Square , and in within the back streets are the small and lovely Ihlamur Pavilion and beautiful Art Nouveau Seyh Zafir complex.

W Hotel in Akaretler

Also in Akaretler, what was once used as accommodation for the staff at Dolmabahce Palace now houses the W. Hotel.  

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Yildiz Park

Yıldız Chalet

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Yıldız Park & Pavilions

Yıldız Palace Buildings (Besiktas)

Dolmabahce Palace

Knitted Obelisk or Dikilitas

Other Places to Visit in Besiktas

Sinanpaşa Mosque
Ciragan Palace

Getting to Besiktas

Take the direct buses from Taksim , or the tram from Sultanahmet to Kabatas and change there to a bus. You can also use the ferries from Uskudar and Kadikoy .

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