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Kasimpasa Istanbul

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The suburb of Kasimpasa is further east toward the Galata Bridge and this once significant ship building area was also the home of a large barracks, although the area is now rather run down.

History of Kasimpasa

In 1453, Kasımpaşa was the place where boats 
belonging to Sultan Mehmed II were launched into the Golden Horn after being towed overland from the Dolmabahce Palace area.  
Genoese traders settled here and made the area famous for its shipyards, and the surrounding beautiful hillside landscape soon attracted the imperialist’s, and the Shipyard Imperial Garden (Tersane Hasbahce) began to take shape, with the Shipyard Palace (Tersane Sarayı) soon to follow.

Kasimpasa Today

Unfortunately when the area became an industrial zone it quickly fell from favour and into neglect. The Cami-i Kebir is the main mosque here and named after Guzelce (Quite Beautiful) Kasım Paşa, a commander to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and who fought at the first siege of Vienna in 1529. He seized Buda in 1530 and in return the Sultan bequeathed to him the area that now bears his name.

The mosque was designed by Mimar Sinan and dates back to around 1534 and was completely rebuilt after a fire in the 19th century.

Places to Visit in Kasimpasa

Some of the places that you can visit in Kasimpasa includeBarracks of the Galleymen (Kalyoncu Kışlası) and Piyale Pasa Mosque .

Whilst in Kasimpasa take a visit to the Büyük Hamam (Tel. 0212 253 4229) on Potinciler Street (off Bahriye Caddesi), it was built by Mimar Sinan in 1533 and is the largest hamam in Istanbul that is still in service.  It has an astonishing 60 basins with different sections for men and women but unfortunately after crude restoration works it has left the women’s section just a little too authentic for comfort.  The hamam is next door to Guzelce Kasimpasa Mosque (Cami-i Kebir).

Getting to Kasimpasa

The Sishane Metro Station is a short minibus (dolmuş) ride away or from the Golden Horn take the more enjoyable ferry trip and this way you get to see the extraordinary buildings that are otherwise inaccessible.  These include the 19th century Naval Command Building (Bahriye Nezareti) that was built for the Kamondo family, and on the hillside you can see the Istanbul Naval Hospital that was built in 1785.

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