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Üsküdar: Istanbul's Historic Gem on the Asian Shore

Uskudar, situated on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, is a district steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. This charming neighborhood offers a different perspective of Istanbul, with its rich heritage and distinctive character. There was a wharf and a dock of Khalkedon (Kadiköy) which was established in the 7th century B.C. in Uskudar, formerly known as Chrysopolis. It also became the center of many rebellions.

It was one the important regions of the city during the Ottoman period. Many religious and charitable institutions were built in Uskudar which was an important military base during this period. In the square next to Ahmet III fountain Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (1546-1548, Mimar Sinan); on Hakimiyet-i Milliyet Street south to the square Yeni Valide Mosque (1708-1710); on the cape west to the square Şemsi Pasha Mosque (1580, Mimar Sinan) are the first prominent monuments of Üsküdar. There are Rum Mehmet Pasha Mosque (1471-1472) seen over Sems Pasha, and Ayazma Mosque (1760, Mehmet Tahir Ağa) in a high position across Maiden’s Tower. Also two külliye remains among neighborhoods in the interior part of Üsküdar. These are Tiled Mosque (1640, Kasım Ağa) notable with tiles covering half of the interior walls, and Atik Valide Mosque. Atik Valide Mosque built by Mimar Sinan in years between 1577 and 1583, is the biggest külliye of Anatolian side.

Uskudar is a hub of cultural activities, with its vibrant bazaars, local markets, and tea houses offering a taste of authentic Turkish life. The district’s famous fish market and delightful eateries along the Bosphorus waterfront provide an opportunity to savor fresh seafood and other Turkish delights while enjoying the stunning views of the city.

The district’s proximity to Kadıköy, another lively and diverse neighborhood on the Asian side, makes it a strategic transport hub, with regular ferry services connecting it to the European side of Istanbul.

Üsküdar, with its rich history, splendid architecture, and a strong sense of community, stands as a cultural and historical treasure on the Asian side of Istanbul. It offers a fascinating contrast to the bustling European side, providing an opportunity for visitors to experience the city’s multifaceted identity, all while enjoying its serene beauty and cultural richness.

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