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Istanbul served as a capital city to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Today, while being Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul population of over six million, Istanbul also takes its place among the world's largest cities.

Shopping

You can find anything you might be looking for and more in Istanbul, where people from all walks of lifelive together in the tremendous hustle and bustle: The mystery of the East and practicality of the West. Istanbul Shopping centre Paradise, Some rise majestically over the city while others play host to huge aquariums.

Some present world famous brands while others have ice rinks. What do you say to a short tour of the shopping centres located all over Istanbul?

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A shopping centre in the Middle of İstanbul:

Metro City
Size: 60.000 square metres
Number of stores: 170
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Büyükdere Cad.I.Levent
Tel: 0212 344 06 60
www.metrocity.com.tr

The Home of open air shopping, İstinye Park
Size: 270,000 square metres
Number of stores: 300
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: İstinye Bayırı Cad.İstinye
Tel: 0212 345 55 55
www.istinyepark.com

Where the best brands meet, Kanyon
Size: 37,500 square metres
Number of stores: 160
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Büyükdere Cad.No 185 Levent.
Tel: 0212 353 53 00
www.kanyon.com.tr

The first shopping centre in istanbul, Akmerkez
Size: 180.000 square metres
Number of stores: 246
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Nispetiye Cad. Etiler
Tel: 0212 282 01 70
www.akmerkez.com.tr

City's the adress for charm
Size: 50.000 square metres
Number of stores: 121
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Akkavak Sok.Teşvikiye
Tel: 0212 373 33 33
www.citysnisantasi.com

The Highest twin Atrium in Europe, Astoria
Size: 35,000 square metres
Number of stores: 110
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Büyükdere Cad.No:127 Esentepe
Tel: 0212 215 22 22
www.astoria.com.tr

The original entertainment centre, Cevahire
Size: 420.000 square metres
Number of stores: 280
Opening hours:10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Büyükdere Cad. No:22 Şişli
Tel: 0212 368 69 00
www.istanbulcevahire.com

If only it had an aquarium, Forum İstanbul
Size: 495.000 square metres
Number of stores: 265
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Kocatepe Mah.Şehir Parkı Cad. 34045 Bayrampaşa
Tel: 0212 443 13 50
www.forumistanbul.com.tr

From A to Z, everything is at Profilo
Size: 117.000 square metres
Number of stores: 209
Opening hours: 10:00 AM -10 PM
Adress: Cemal Sahir Cad. Mecidiyeköy
Tel: 0212 216 44 00
www.pam.com.tr

Shopping Centres close to the Airport, Airport Shopping centre
Located in Bakırköy, the Airport Shopping centre has a closed area of 81,000 square metres and a commercial area of 32,000 square meters. With a total of 120 shops. Airport is home to many brands.
Tel: 0212 465 85 75
www.airportavm.com.tr

212 İstanbul Power Outlet
212 İstanbul is the first power outlet in Turkey and is on the TEM airport highway, near the entry to the Basın Ekspress road. Appealing to all income groups, 212 istanbul also contains entertainment and social facilities.
Tel: 0212 444 4 212
www.212istanbul.com

Galleria
The Galleria is the first large shopping centre in Turkey, built on 77.000 square meters. Located in Ataköy, the Galleria contains areas for various activites, restaurants and cafes.
Tel: 0212 559 95 60
www.galleria-atakoy.com.tr

Starcity Outlet centre
Located in Yenibosna and 3 minutes away from the airport, Starcity is a premium outlet centre. The central has 143 shops as well as a karting track, paintball area, amusement park and cinemas.
Tel: 0212 603 40 40
www.starcity.com.tr

Flyinn
Flyinn Shopping and Lİfestyle centre, in Florya, is the first shopping centre in Turkey with a panoramic view. The centre is close to the airport and has an amazing view of the sea. Flyinn is home to many select shops.
Tel: 0212 573 75 75
www.flyinn.com.tr

Culture, Art

Turkish Bath culture has attracted many artists with its interesting rituals. The mystical worlds of women and the Orient inspired many artists, sculptors, and miniature artists and reflected their images in their works of art.

Festivals: International festivals are organized every year. These festivals, where world-famous local and foreign artists and groups present their films, theatre, classical music, jazz, music, are organized in various places particularly in the Ataturk Culture Center, Cemal resit Rey Culture Center, Rumelihisari, The Open Air Theatre, Hagia Irini and Sepetciler Kasri.

Almost all of Istanbul becomes a place for participants with its closed and open areasin Istanbul Bienal.

Fairs: Consumer products and services need to be promoted as soon as possible in a competitive environment that becomes more and more compelling. Fairs in different fields such as food, textiles, furniture, industry, souvenirs, paper, leather, and construction meterials are organized in Istanbul throughout the year for this purpose.

Football: The most interesting sport in Istanbul, just like all of Turkey, is football. The intense competition of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray has exceed the borders of the country.

Night Life in Istanbul

As vibrant as it is during the day, Istanbul is every bit as vivacious by night as well. Wlking down Istiklal Avenue in the wee hours of the morning on a weekend, you will still hear joyous laughter and toasting coming from Nevizade Street where clubs and bars are lined up chock-full of locals and foreigners.

If you are into the party scence, famous DJS will be awaiting you at the most fashionable clubs on the shore of the Bosphorus. You can dance into the night as they spin under the lights of beautiful Istanbul.

Clubs & Bars:
Yangastrobar: Right next to the Roxy,Yangastrobar is a great alternative for those who want to dance ina friendly environment.The club is especially crowded on weekends, finding its groove. The upper floors are also a lot of fun bu the main attraction is on the ground floor. We definetly recommend the special cocktails.
Tel: 0212 249 12 83

Araf: Araf is the first place that comes to mind for dancing in Beyoğlu.There is a different performence every day of the week.Important names such as Selim Sesler and Cümbüş Cemaat are frequently on stage. On weekends, an entertaining musical ensemble can be seen.
Tel: 0212 244 83 01

11:11: Located in Tepebaşı, 11:11 is open untill 05:00AM on Friday and saturday nights.On some nights the club hosts the performances of guest DJ's. The club is noteworthy for the ambitious program and extraordinary atmosphere and design.
Tel: 0212 244 88 34

Klub Karaoke: One of the classics of Beyoğlu, The Karaoke bar can host 350 people at a time. The club consists of four different rooms with unique concepts. Tokyo, Fetish, pavillon and salon. The club repertoire includes 30 thousands songs with selections also from Russian, Japanese and French music. The sound system is very good and everything you need to have fun singing is provided.
Tel: 0212 293 76 39

Kiki: Next to the German Hospital in Cihangir, Kiki is full of suprises. The fun starts especially after 11:30 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and saturday nights. The drinks menu is great,be sure to try the "gum votka"
Tel:0212 243 53 73

Otto: Otto with two clubs in Asmalımescit, Otto has a different program evey night. Do not miss the performance of Aliço and nevzat at Otto Sofyalı on Saturday nights. At Küçük Otto, the program changes all the time. Kaan Düzarat, Arman Akıncı Tolga Duyan and Eren Eren performences are worth watching.
Tel: 0212 292 70 15

Zilly Pera: A reflection of the growing trend of Turkish music in İstanbul, zilly club is not too heart warming, but if you are looking for entertainment, the club is succesful. Especially the up-tempo and fun Turkish songs of the 90's are played regularly.
Tel: 0212 245 60 44

Nar Pera: The right place to be at, in Gönül Sokak, Nar Pera is being run by Toprak Göktaş. Nar pera is especially entertaining on Friday and Saturday nights. People take their drinks and the fun goes on in the street outside. You must try Narpera cocktail. It's a promise you will not be sorry.
Tel: 0212 245 36 29

Dining

Turkish Cuisine is regarded as the third biggest cuisine in the world. In the process of Rome, Byzantine and Ottoman cultures, our cuisine was enriched with the variety arising from minorities and migrations.

Restaurants:
Changa: Changa has been a point of call for visitors to İstanbul and has strayed from its high quality approach for years.
Tel: 0212 251 70 64

Vogue: Vogue is located in Beşiktaş and has one of the best views among all the restaurants in İstanbul. The menu is made up of dishes from all over the world. We recommend sushi. The selection of music accompanying the meal is also very good.
Tel: 0212 227 44 04

Mimolett: Mimolett, under Chef Murat Bozok, is the choice for those looking for an exceptional meal. Bozok's specials come highly recommended.
Tel: 0212 245 98 58

Ulus 29: Ulus 29 is world famous and comprises both dining and dancing. The decor by Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu combines magnificently with the view. The menu is rich and varied and has everything from lahmacun and kebabs to sushi ans steak.

The House Cafe: The House Cafe at Ortaköy and Tünel are frequented by many. The menu offers a wide variety from pizza to pasta. In any case, we recommend the grilled veal steak and steamed bass.
Tel: 0212 227 26 99

Papermoon: papermoon, at Akmerkez, is one of the classic restaurants of İstanbul. The Kitchen is run by Chef Guisseppe pressani. We recommend the pizza and pasta dishes.
Tel: 0212 282 16 16

Dükkan Armutlu: This is the place for meant fans. Dukkan, located in Armutlu is a butcher and a boutique steak restaurant. Reserve t-bone steak and ribs are the most appetizing items on the menu.
Tel: 0212 277 88 60

360 İstanbul: İf you are looking for a good meal and a good time dancing in front of the panorama of İstanbul, this is the place for you. The menu consists of the experimental dishes of Chef Mike Norman, which are all delicious.
Tel: 0212 251 10 42

Beyrouth Cafe: Another adress where you can have a great meal and a great time is Beyrouth Cafe. The cafe is located in Çapamarka and the menu consists of dishes from Beirut cuisine. Your night will become amazingly entertaining with colourful stage shows.
Tel: 0212 236 50 17

Nupera: World renowned,Nupera is one of the best places to experience İstanbul. Two elite restaurants, 67 and Auf, provide services under the Nupera name. The kitchens are run by chefs Esra Muslu and Zeynep Moroğlu. Nupera is always crowded, even after meal.
Tel: 0212 245 60 70

Nomads İstanbul: Nomads is another piece of Beirut in İstanbul. Nomads of Kuruçeşme presents dishes from Beirut cuisine. The meal is accompained by Eastern style belly dancing.
Tel: 0212 258 07 77

Leb-i Derya Kumbaracı:
When takling about Leb-i Derya Kumbaracı, located in Beyoğlu, we must mention the view. The ambiance of the place is flawless, and the menu is well suited to the atmosphere. The menu includes delicious choices such as fillet of bass and porcini pesto veal.
Tel: 0212 293 49 89

Sunset: Sunset of Ulus is another elite restaurant o istanbul. The sushi bar has a wide variety and the flavours on offer are great. The variety also extends to the wine list.
Tel: 0212 287 03 57

Zarifi: İf you are looking for dinner and good music, we recommend Zarifi. The Cretan dakos salad Kars goose fillet, matured octopus and Armenian Style topik prepared by chefs İbrahim Çelik and Panoyot Kouutsouvelis shine throught.
Tel: 0212 293 54 80

Kitchenette: Located in high life districts of İstanbul, Kitchenette pleases patrons with both the atmosphere and the menu. The menu has a wide variety, from main coursesto pizza, to breakfast, making the place great at any time of the day.
Tel: 0212 298 68 62

Balıkçı Sabahattin: İf you are visiting İstanbul for the first time, This restaurant will make you fall in love with the city and the food. Starters and seafood of Sabahattin are world famous. Fried anglerfish, fried calamari and prawns in butter are especially delicious.
Tel: 0212 458 18 24

Hamdi Restaurant: Hamdi Restaurant is frequented by many foreign visitors to İstanbul. The restaurant has a great view and the kebabs are amazing. Peanut Kebab, eggplant kebap, plum kebab, garlic kebab, hashish kebab and sti kebab are our favorites.
Tel: 0212 528 03 90

Transportation

Despite its complicated prospect, it is possible to travel in Istanbul day and night by bus, tramway, train, ferry, seabus, and motorboat. This city is also the starting point of all kinds for train, ship, bus and plane travel.

Useful Informations

As the most populous city of Turkey, Istanbul has a cosmopolitan aspect. In addition to the migration from Anatolia, there are many foreigners who are residents of Istanbul. Therefore, life in Istanbul is different from and faster than any other province of Turkey.

The many privately owned hospitals as well as the state owned hospitals provide health care 24 hours a day. All health institutions own or offer ambulance services. In order to use ambulance service all around the country, a single phone number applies 112. The Pharmacies are open during working hours on weekdays, and some pharmacies are open duringthe nights and at the weekends. 155 Police Help line is at everyone's disposal.It is the shortest way of accessing the police. All currencies are accepted.

Banks have ATM machines to draw cash and foreign money exhange offices are avaliable in most areas. Certain banks cash traveller's cheques, in TL only and with a commission.

Sultanahmet

The historical peninsula is the centre of interest for both Turkish and foreign tourists.There is so much to do here in one day! The Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet Mosque, Akbıyık Street and Soğukçeşme street all wait to be discovered. One of the best features of the historical peninsula is that there are places of worship of all three religions. Just looking upon the courtyard of the Süleymaniye Mosque or the Hagia Sophia garden will make you feel better.

The secret to getting the best out of your visit is to know where to stand and where to look. Be prepared to go into the alleys and for the little surprises. visit to Topkap Palace gardens, the Gülhane Park, Caferağa Madrasa or Nuruosmaniye to rest. Here you will find peace from the hustle and bustle of İstanbul. Breathing the fresh air and resting will make you feel better. Take a walk down Akbıyık Street to At meydanı, Divanyolu Street, Süleymaniye and the Grandd Bazaar. This resting an walking route will allow you to spend hours filled with discovery. This tour of the historical peninsula also includes delightful stops, as the historical peninsula is a feast for the body as much as the soul.

The Hippodrome, known as the Atmeydani(horse arena) during the Ottoman era,served as an athletic ground in Byzantine times. It was also used for horse and carriage races, always for the honour of the Emperor. After Sultan Ahmet the first (1609-1616) had the mosque built in his name, this historical ground was named after him, Sultanahmet.

The Blue Mosque, one of the most famous monuments of the Turkish and Islamic world, is the only mosque built with six minarets. The area where it is located also includes many important works built in earlier periods of Istanbul. The beautiful stained glass work inside the Blue Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque is also famous for its tiles.

The Hagia Sophia, is a masterpiece with a synthesis of the Occident and the Orient, a unique example of architectural applications and is considered to be the one and only example in this respect. It is among the most important monuments have survived to today, now belonging to the history of architecture. Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years. It has been a museum since 1935.

The Theodosius Obelisk, The two Obelisk were erected in front of the Karnak Temple in Luxor by the Pharaoh of Egypt, Tutmosis the 3rd in 1490 B.C. for the victories Egypt won in Mesopotamia. The obelisks were made of pink granite of a rare quality.

The Serpent Column, This is one of the oldest pieces of art in Istanbul. The heads of 3 snakes entwined with each other formed the feet of a cauldron. The thirty-one Greek cities that defeated the Persians in the 5th century B.C. melted the bronze trophies they acquired and constructed this artwork of unique quality. The Masonry Obelisk, The imitation obelisk, which is built with carved stones, is situated on the southern side of the Hippodrome. The date of its constrruction is not precisely known.

The German Fountain, The octagonal domed fountain at the entrance to the Hippodrome was the gift of the German Emperor, Wilhelm the 2 nd. to the Sultan and to Istanbul. It was built in Germany and installed in Istanbul in 1898. The fountain was built in the Neo-Byzantine style and decorted with goldenmosaics inside.

Binbirdirek Cistern, The second biggest water reservoir of Istanbul was built in the 4th centyry. Senator philoxenus built his palace on the Hippodrome and built this cistern in order to meet the water needs of the palace. The Basalica Cistern, This is the biggest and most spectacular cistern in the city. The cistern's entrance is in small building to the west of Hagia Sophia. The ceiling of the cistern, which looks like a forest of pillars, is covered with bricks and crosswise arches.

Topkapi Palace, Many written sources state that the construction of Topkapi Palace started around 1459. It constantly grew and changed just like a living organism. Topkapi Palace is not a building built and completed according to a specific plan. Even during the rulership of Sultan Abdulmecid, who ordered the construction of Dolmabahce Palace, and completly left Topkapi palace, the Mecidiyekoy Manor house was built.Other than the manor houses built for the accomadation of sultans, many other structures such as rooms for palace guards, a very large kitchen for palace residents, bedrooms for palace employees, Kubbealti, where the council meetings were conducted.

The Room of Hirka-i Saadet, where belongings of the prophet and caliphs were kept, Gulhane Hospital, Sultan III.Ahmed Library, the Enderun School, the Treasury, a stable for the horses of the sultan, and the Church of Hagia Irene which was also used as an arsenal were also located in the palace grounds. Topkapi Palace was left in the middle of the of the 19th century and lost its function as the center of the state. The palace was turned into a museum in 1924. Weapons belonging to palace collection are exhibited in the Treasury today.
Opening Hours: 09:00 AM - 5 PM every day except Tuesdays.
Entry to the Harem, also open 09:00 AM - 5 PM, requires a separate ticket.

Dolmabahce Palace: Where the present Dolmabahce Palace is situated, there once stood and wooden palace, residences and pavilions of the Ottoman dynasty. In palace of all these buildings, a new palace was constructed during the reign of Mahmud II. Some time later, Abdulmecit has this torm down, and in 1853, he has today's palace built by the arhitect, Karabet Balyan, at a cost of five million gold liras. Built on an area of fifteen thousand square metres, the style of the palace has been influenced by the heavily ornamented style of 19th century.

When lloked at from the seaward side, a tall ceremonial section in the middle of the palace can be seen, and apartments on both sides of it are connected to each other by covered passages.
Opening hours: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM everyday except Mondays and Thursdays.
Adress: Dolmabahçe Avenue, Beşiktaş.
Tel: 0212 236 90 00

Rumeli Fortress: The Anatolia Fortress is situated on the shore of the Bosphorus. Yildirm Bayezid I had it built in 1393 during the preparations for the conquest of Istanbul, and it stands on the site of and old temple to Zeus. The walls are 1.5 m thick and 7 m. high. In the walls are set six half-towers, and in the centre there is a large four-cornered tower, 25 m in height.

Galata Tower: Constantinople was sitauted in the region between the Halic and the Sea of Marmara. The other side of Golden Horn was Galata, which belonged to the Geneoese and thus to foreigners. Ina bid to protect their land, the Genoese built the Galata ramparts in 1341, and constructed the Galata Tower in 1348. The tower stood at a bend of the ramparts. At the front of the Tower, ditches were dug for protection.

When Mehmed II seized Galata from the Genoese, he had the tower shortened by about 7 m. The 55 m Higher tower was restored in 1967, a lift was installed in it, and on various floors, a cafe, a restaurant and a casino were opened.

The Grand Bazaar, the oldest bazaar of Istanbul, contains over 3600 stores in an area of 30.700 square meter. The Grand Bazaar is always crowded all day. Craftsmen insistently call customersto their stores. Almost all products produced in and exported from Turkey are sold in big stores.

Handwoven carpets and jewelry are valuable examples of Turkish Art. They are sold with their certificates of quality and exported all around the world. Turkish silver, carpets and jewelry, copper and bronze souvenirs, decorativearticles, ceramics, onyx and leather products and high quality Turkish souvenirs constitute a rich collection.
Opening Hours: Every day except Sunday 08:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Spice Bazaar, The Spice Bazaar second biggest closed bazaar of Istanbul, was commissioned by Turhan Sultan between 1663 and 1664 as a part of the Yeni Cami Kulliyesi which consisted of a mosque, a line of shops, a tomb, two fountains, and a school. It is behind the New Mosque near the Flower Bazaar in Eminonu. Beside spices and natural herbs, describing Spice Market, it is always possible to find various kinds of fresh dried fruit.
Opening Hours: Every day except Sunday, 08:00 Am - 07:00 PM

Cemberlitas, After the conquest of Istanul, Cemberlitas was one of the most important and popular districts during the Ottoman era. The settlement included wooden houses and historical buildings but was damaged by frequent fires. Most of them have survived until today through restoration but unfortunetly many of them destroyed. Beyazit, Beyazit Square was also used as asquare in the Byzantine Era. When Fatih conquered Istanbul, he built the first palace in the area where the Istanbul University is located. The square has gone through various changes throughout history and survived up to the present.

Suleymaniye, The disctrict of Suleymaniye, which is a part of Eminonu, got its name from the Suleymaniye Mosque and Kulliye buily by Mimar Sinan upon the order of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman.

Laleli, Laleli is a district whose name was not usually mentioned historically until the 18th century. No important building was constructed in this district during the period between the development carried out by Sultan Bayezit II and the construction of Laleli Mosque after the conquest of Istanbul.

Fatih, The district of Fatih is one of the most famous residential areas of the Turkish era. It bears the title of the conqueror of the city and was built around the first big mosque and soup kitchen of the city. Eminonu, The New Mosque in Eminonu bears the characteristics of 17th century Ottoman architecture.It consist of a kulliye, a mosque, a school, a public fountain, hunkar kasri, a bazaar, and a tomb.

Eminonu is a district behind the city walls of Istanbul that is called the "Historical Peninsula" There was a building in this district called Gumruk Eminligi in the Ottoman Era and the district got its name from this office. Istanbul was first established in this district. The districk is the most crowded area for busines life in the afternoon.

Golden Horn (Halic), The Golden Horn divides the European side of Istanbul with its long narrow horn shape. Since it is a natural port, Byzantine and Ottoman Navies and those interested in commercial shipping gathered here. At sunset the water's color turns into gold and today the shores are surrounded by pleasnt parks and walking paths. Up the Golden Horn, Fener and Balat districts include many wooden houses from Byzantine and Ottoman times, as well as churches and synagouges.

Eyüp, In the Tulip Era, the Golden Horn was one of the most significant recreation spots in Istanbul because of its waterside residences, villas and gardens. In the 18th century, when the people who had lost their houses due to fires inside the city walls were moved to Eyup, the first dense settlements of Istanbul developed.

Beyoglu, The old name of Beyoglu was Pera, meaning "the opposite shore" . In the 16th century, it came to be named Beyoglu (son of the Beg) because of a prince living here in his palace. Located on the north side of the Golden Horn, the district was opened to settlement by the Byzantine emperors in the 5th century and was called Pera. In the 14th century the Genoese walled the district and built the Galata Tower, which is still the symbol of the district today.

Beyoglu expanded towards the two sides of Tunnel and Galatasaray of today. Galatasaray and Taksim grew and became an area for the rich. beyoglu was the first area to develop its modern infrastructure, such as the tramway, gas line, water lines. The first electrical tramway connected Beyoglu and Sisli in 1913.

Sisli - Nisantasi, Nisantasi is part of Istanbul where socialites can be seen. Featuring fine shopping, a haven for cafes and brasseries, a rich neighbourhood, and a happy hour buzz, Nisantasi is where the locals go to hang out, to see and be seen. Nisantasi is famous for its Art Nouveau apartment buildings and its plethora of designer label stores. It is undoubtedly Istanbul's most elegant quarter, home to a refreshingly large choice of excellent and stylish restaurants and bars.

The Princes Islands, Adalar (the Islands), is a district of Istanbul which includes nine islands; Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedefadasi, Sivriada, Yassiada, Kasikadasi, and Tavsanadasi. The center of the district of Adalar is Buyukada. The district was called the Princes' Islands as it was a site for exiled palace members, particularly in the Byzantine Era.

The Bosphorus, that connects Black Sea and Marmara Sea and that is the apple of the world with its unique natural beauty is everyday surrounded by the buildings that reflect the aesthetics of today. It length is 30 kilometers. Considering its irregular shoreline, the length of the shores can be calculated at 55 milometers, starting from Rumelia Lighthouse in Rumelia to the Ahirkapi Lighthouse on the shores of the Golden Horn. It is 35 kilometers long from the Anatolian lighthouse to the Maiden's Tower on the Anatolian side and 36 kilometers long to Kayak Bay infront of the Selimiye.

The width of the Bosphorus is 3600 meters between the Anatolian Lighthouse and Rumelia Lighthouse and 760 meters between Anadoluhisari and Rumelihisari. The deepest point of the Bosphorus is 120 meters. There are currents from the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea on the surface and from the Marmara to the Black Sea below the sea surface.

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