Places to Visit in Cibali
Arhaeology Museum in Kadir Has UniversityIt was due to the establishment of the Kadir Has University that new life was breathed into the area, although ironically it was built inside a large old tobacco factory; it also houses a small archaeology museum.
Church of St. Theodosia or Gul MosqueThe huge Gul Mosque (Camii) is nearby and was once a Byzantine church, and the remains of the old sea walls that once protected against invasions by way of the Golden Horn can still be seen.
Other Places to Visit in CibaliChurch of Hagios Nikolaos Kucuk or Small Mustafa Pasa Hamam
HistoryCibali was named after Cebe Ali, an Ottoman soldier who, during the 1453 invasion of Constantinople, broke through the Cibali Gate in the sea walls and it is believed on that day he carved the gate out by hand; his preserved tomb
Later it became a place of storage for waterproofing materials used on boats, which were highly inflammable, and unfortunately Cibali infamously became the starting point of many of the fires that devastated the city, and the worst of which were known as “Cibali fires”.
LocationThe area sits on one side of the hectic Ataturk Bridge , built in 1940, and to cross to the north shore of the Golden Horn you go from Unkapani . Unkapanı’s name is believed to be a corruption of Odun Kapısı (Firewood Gate), or possibly from “un kapanı” meaning “wheat warehouse” that came from the time when wheat would be offloaded from the ships here. Adjacent to Cibali is the neighbourhood of Küçükmustafapaşa which was named after Küçük Mustafa Paşa a Grand Vizier to Sultan Beyazıd II.
How to get to CibaliFom Eminonu you can take Bus Nos. 36C, 35D or 99A; from Taksim Bus Nos. 55T or 35D; or catch the ferry to Fener and walk back towards the Ataturk Bridge.
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