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The area around Santral is called Kagithane and was named because of a paper factory and printing house that was established there in 1727, and both of which went bust because the owner was refused permission by the Islamic authorities to print copies of the Koran.  

Kagithane is a working class area of Istanbul that sits in a valley inland from the upmarket area of Etiler and was built along a stream that runs into the Golden Horn. The valley was known as Sadabad in the times of Suleyman the Magnificent and was used by Ottoman sultans and their court for hunting, riding and equestrian sports. The valley had wonderful tulip fields and during spring many people would leave the city for day trips and picnic along the banks of the stream or gather here for wedding parties.
The valley floor was drained toward the end of the Ottoman era leaving the rich forest parks of Kagithane and Alibeykoy and houses and gardens were built as weekend and holiday retreats.  The first industrialisation to take place in the valley was when the Ottoman gunpowder factory was built by Sultan Bayezid II, with Kagithane becoming home to flour mills and paper factories, and where migrants from Anatolia settled during the 1950s to work in factories, workshops and building sites and built small cottages along the valley’s borders which were demolished and replaced by towering apartment blocks.

The area has been undergoing revitalisation to brighten it up and has new parks and a promenade along the banks of the Golden Horn that runs from Bilgi University to Miniaturk .

Sadabad Mosque (Kagithane Mosque)

This was the first mosque in Kağıthane built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed III  and was restored during the reigns of Sultans Selim III and Mahmud II, and was completely rebuilt in 1862 for Sultan Abdulaziz by the Balyans.

Old Galata Bridge

Sections of the very pretty Old Galata Bridge were moved here when the new bridge was built further upstream and it provides easy walking access from Sutluce to Eyup .
 

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