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Sutluce is at the very end of the northern shores of the Golden Horn 

History

This area was known as “the Sweet Waters of Europe” and was considered a very beautiful place as far back to the Byzantine era. The wealthy began building their mansions on the river banks in the 17th century, similar to what you see today in Ortakoy , and the most grand and impressive of them was the Sadabad (Eternal Happiness) Summer Palace that had rooms extending out over the river; there is a painting of the palace on view at the Pera Museum . In the 18th century Sütlüce was a lush green playground for the people of  Istanbul who would come by boats and carriages to the banks of  Kagithane and Alibey inlets that joined the Golden Horn.


Sütlüce’s popularity peaked during the “Tulip Age”, the beginning of the 18th century, when the cool river water was channelled down through pools and waterfalls. As a consequence of this it gave the neighbouring district the name of Caglayan (“waterfall” in Turkish) and helped irrigate the many gardens that would fill with tulips during the spring festivals. At that time tension was already building within the Ottoman Empire and during the Patrona Halil rebellion in 1730 all the beautiful buildings of Kagithane were destroyed by fire. In the 18th century the gardens underwent a revival and in the 19th century, Krikor Balyan, the Armenian architect, was commissioned to rebuild some of the palaces which unfortunately ceased when Sütlüce was industrialised in the 1930s.  

More recently the area has undergone further restoration in attempt to attract visitors to this far end of the Golden Horn and to take pleasure from its parks and promenade that extends nearly all the way from the Sütlüce Cultural Centre to Santral Istanbul .

Places to Visit in Sutluce

Miniaturk

Sutluce Hamam

Golden Horn Conference Centre ( Haliç Kongre Merkezi)

Getting to Sütlüce

Bus

From Eminonu take Bus No. 47C or 47E or a nicer way of travelling there is to use the Golden Horn ferry to the Sutluce terminus.  

Row Boats

There are row boats that ferry visitors to Miniaturk from the far side of the Galata Bridge and it’s an easy walk from there.  

Free Minibuses

Bilgi University run free minibuses (dolmuş) from the Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square to Santral every hour.

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