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Kucukcekmece is a large and vastly inhabited suburb on the European side of Istanbul, 23km west of the city centre on the shores of the Sea of Marmara, close to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and on a lagoon known as Kucukcekmece Lake.

Ruins at Kucukcekmece

Kucukcekmece was inhabited during the Greek and Roman eras and has ruins
 still visible from these times, it was established that it was once the ancient town of Regium and in 2009 from further excavations it was also believed to be the Roman city of Bathonea. There are today remains of the city submerged under Lake Kucukcekmece and further research found that in the centre of the lake was a lighthouse that belonged to the settlement believed to be just one of three Roman lighthouses known to have existed in the eastern Mediterranean after those at Patara and Alexandria.

Recent History

Up until the 1950s Kucukcekmece was very popular as a weekend retreat and the residents of Istanbul would come by train to swim and fish, walk through the woods or just sit by the waterside, and unfortunately due its large area of flat land that could easily be built upon, it has become very industrialised with factories and huge housing projects that still continue to be built today.

Avcilar and Istanbul University

Just across from the inlet is the district of Avcilar and the campus of Istanbul University , the inlet connects to the Sea of Marmara by a very narrow channel that has fresh water, and the streams that run into the inlet unfortunately carry industrial waste which has made it slightly polluted although efforts are being made to clean it up and the wildlife and different species of birds that were once here are slowly coming back.  

Sultan Suleyman Bridge

The famous “Sultan Suleyman Bridge” built by the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan in 1565 that has been restored and is well maintained spans the lagoon here and although it’s one of his finest constructions it is also one of his least visited monuments.

Living in Kucukcekmece

Kucukcekmece today has luxury apartment tower blocks and complexes, schools, supermarkets, shopping centres and many other facilities.



   

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