If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. ~Alphonse de Lamartine
Rumeli Kavağı, İstanbul
Rumeli Kavağı, İstanbul. Rumeli Kavağı is a neighborhood of Sarıyer district. “Rumeli” is the Turkish name for Thrace, and “Kavak” means “control post” in Ottoman Turkish referring to the strategical position of the location on the Bosporous. Formerly, it was a small fishing village. In the 17th century, a castle was built to check Cossack naval assaults from the Black Sea. In 1877, during the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), a part of the immigrants from the Russian occupied provinces settled in Rumelikavağı. Up until the 1960s, most of Rumelikavağı was a restricted zone by military.
There are many places of interest in Rumelikavağı, such as ruins of medieval castles, mosques, churches, fountains, hamams etc. The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (also known as the third bridge) over the Bosphorus is to the north of the neighborhood.