The village of Kandilli lies on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus directly opposite Bebek, and between Çengelköy and Anadolu Hisar. From the boat station we will walk up hill and around the many small alleyways and steps of Kandilli village. As this is a very hilly district many of the streets are steep so participants need to be fit and wear suitable shoes, preferably rubber-soled and flat. We will look at the quaint wooden houses, originally built in the late Ottoman period, most now fully restored. We should also be able to visit the beautifully restored Adile Sultan Sarayı, a late Ottoman Palace on the hilltop overlooking the village with wonderful views of the Bosphorus.
Adile Sultan was an Ottoman princess, a poet and a philanthropist. She lost her mother at a very young age, but was given a good palace education and later married another key figure of Istanbul, the naval fleet commander Mehmet Ali Paşa. Their three children also died, and she joined a Sufi order and devoted her life to charitable works, which included donating the palace to become a girls’ educational institute.
The walk will end at approximately 12 pm. at the Kandilli boat station with the possibility of lunch at the adjacent fish restaurant (not included in walk fee). The walk will be led by our long-term IWI member Lesley Tahtakılıç, a resident of the village for over 30 years.
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