Kanlica is a pretty village which is unfortunately overshawed by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The ferry landing stage here opens onto a lovely little main square that has fishing boats moored alongside the inlet that runs to the mosque, and if you ignore the white radar tower that sits among the minarets here you can get a feeling of the old Istanbul .
Where the Kanlica name drives from
Its name was Glaros (Seagull) although the origin of this is not clear and its modern name literally translates as “quite bloody” in Turkish and is suggested it’s a corruption of “kağnis (ox-cart)” as these kinds of carts were once made here. Another suggestion is from the local cows that grazed on the “red grass” that turned the milk pink and was called “kanlı” and which over time evolved into Kanlıca.
is mainly famous for its yoghurt that has been held in great esteem since the 17th century, and which the Ottoman
travel writer, Evliya Çelebi, wrote of in mouth watering terms. Visitors who take the long Bosphorus
cruises have an opportunity to taste the yoghurt as sellers from Kanlica
board the boats offering their wares.
has some of the best surviving yalıs or mansion houses on the Bosphorus
although unfortunately none are open to the public.
This 200 acre of woodland park sits on the hillside above Kanlıca and has walking trails, cafés offering refreshments where you can sit and smoke on a Nargile
while looking out over the Bosphorus
and its two bridges. There has been woodland here since the reign of Sultan Mahmud I (1696-1754) and is where Grand Vizier Damat Ibrahim Pasa built a mansion as a gift for Sultan Ahmed III (1703-1730). Although the mansion is no more it has been written about by authors and poets that include Yahya Kemal Beyatlı (1884-1958) and Özdemir Asaf (1923-1981) who came to be inspired by the views here.
Getting to Kanlica
There is a limited ferry service that links Kanlica
and places in between (www.ido.com.tr), or use Bus No. 15 from the front of the Uskudar