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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.  

Kanlica Yogurt

Kanlica 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.  

Kanlica Yalis

Kanlica has some of the best surviving yalıs or mansion houses on the Bosphorus although unfortunately none are open to the public.

Mihrabat Woods

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 with Cengelkoy , Istinye and places in between (www.ido.com.tr), or use Bus No. 15 from the front of the Uskudar ferry terminal.

 

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