Üsküdar attracts many visitors to its seaside community of restaurants, cafés, markets, antique shops, mosques and historical sites and has a lot on offer.
If you would like to spend more time in Uskudar, you can visit some of the other hamams available in the area. The oldest is Şifa (Healthy) Hamam believed to have been built in the 15th century; the Valide Atik Hamam, designed by Sinan in 1583; the Bulgurlu Hamam boasts of a preserved basin that was used by Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Efendi, and last but not least, the Ağa Hamam dating back to 1610.
Places to Visit in Uskudar
Mimar Sinan BazaarKnown for its reasonably priced clothes and shoes is well worth a visit along with the Mimar Sinan Bazaar or Carsisi - a former 16th century hamam now converted into a busy market.
Mihrimah Sultan MosqueMost people come to visit the 180 or so mosques that are here and the best known of these is the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque also known as the Iskele Mosque. Built in 1548 by Mimar Sinan and the only Ottoman mosque to have three domes (rather than 2 or 4) this beautiful mosque stands opposite the ferry terminals.
Yeni Valide MosqueAcross from here is the Yeni Valide Camii (Mosque) built between 1708-1710 by Ahmet II to honour his mother, this birdcage like tomb was made to keep the birds out whilst allowing rain in to water the gardens below.
Cinili MosqueThe Cinili Mosque and one of Üsküdar’s most attractive, dates from 1640, has blue and turquoise tiles with a rare shade of green tile in the mihrab.
Cinili HamamBelow Cinili Mosque is the beautifully restored Cinili Hamam (Cinili Turkish Bath), which retains its original marble stones for massage along with marble revetments, is exceptionally clean and a testament to the people working there.
Atık Valide Külliyesi mosque complexIt is a short walk from here to Atık Valide Külliyesi mosque complex dating from 1583, again built by Sinan for Nur Banu wife of Selim II and mother of Murat III. The courtyard here is said to be the most beautiful in all Istanbul.
Buyuk Camlica ParkFor spectacular views over the Bosphorus and the European shoreline head to the park at the foot of Büyük Çamlıca, the highest hill on the Asian side.
Maiden's TowerAnother of Istanbul’s well known landmarks is the Maiden’s Tower or Kizkulesi sited on a small white island to the south of Uskudar and is now a museum and doubles as a restaurant, albeit expensive, in the evenings.
Sifa, Valide Atik and Bulgulu Hamam
Getting to UskudarTo get to Üsküdar; take the ferry from Eminonu , Kabatas or Besiktas to Üsküdar and buses run from Camlica to Uskudar.
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