Kanlıca is a neighborhood on the Asian side of the Bosphorus strait, in the Beykoz district of Istanbul Province, Turkey.[1] Kanlica is known for its popular specialty, yogurt topped with caster sugar, offered in local restaurants and cafés.[1]

A view of Kanlıca with the Bosphorus ferry pier and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge at right
A view of Kanlıca with the Bosphorus ferry pier and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge at right
Kanlıca is located in Istanbul
Coordinates: 41°06′00″N 29°03′57″E / 41.10000°N 29.06583°E / 41.10000; 29.06583Coordinates: 41°06′00″N 29°03′57″E / 41.10000°N 29.06583°E / 41.10000; 29.06583
Country Turkey
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code0–216


The Bülbül Creek runs into the Bosphorus at Kanlıca Bay.[1] The Mihrabat Nature Park is situated south of Kanlıca, north of Bülbül Creek.

The İskender Pasha Mosque, commissioned by (military judge) Kazasker Gazi İskender Pasha and built by Mimar Sinan in 1559–60, is located across the Kanlıca Pier.[2] The tomb of İskender Pasha is situated inside the mosque's yard.[3]

The Kanlıca Cemetery is on the hill east of the locality overlooking the Bosphorus. Notable burials of the cemetery include journalist Sedat Simavi,[4] the musicians Barış Manço and Kayahan Açar.[5][6]

Kanlıca Pier serves the City Ferry Lines (Turkish: Şehir Hatları) connecting it with Emirgan, İstinye in the north and Anadoluhisarı, Kandilli, Bebek, Arnavutköy and Çengelköy in the south.[7] The Kanlıca Pier is the starting point of the annual open water swimming event Bosphorus Intercontinental Swim, which runs 6.5 km (4.0 mi)-long southwards on the Istanbul Strait finishing at Kuruçeşme on the European part of the city.[8]


During the Ottoman era, Kanlıca has been an upscale locality, where noble and wealthy people constructed waterfront mansions (Turkish: Yalı). Currently, it is one of the rare seaside places on the Asian side of the Bosphorus with the most historic wooden waterfront mansions.[9]

According to Ottoman estimations of 1882, the district of Kanlica had a total population of 9.891, consisting of 6.095 Muslims, 3.043 Greeks, 708 Armenians, 41 Catholics and 4 Latins.[10]



  1. ^ a b c "A seaside village: Kanlıca". Istanbul. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  2. ^ "Kanlıca İskenderpaşa Camii" (in Turkish). İstanbukdaki Camiler. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  3. ^ "Kanlıca İskender Paşa Türbesi" (in Turkish). TAS Osmanlı Türbeleri. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  4. ^ "Sedat Simavi mezarı başında anıldı". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  5. ^ Eşit, Elif (2016-01-31). "Barış Manço, mezarı başında dualarla anıldı". Cihan News Agency (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  6. ^ "Kayahan Kanlıca Mezarlığı'nda toprağa verilidi". Sabah (in Turkish). 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  7. ^ "Öengelköy-İstinye" (in Turkish). Şehir Hatları. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  8. ^ "27. Samsung Boğaziçi ıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı" (in Turkish). İstanbul Yüzme Temsilciliği. 2015-07-27. Archived from the original on 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  9. ^ "Boğazda 55 tarihi yalı yeni sahibini arıyor". Deniz Haber (in Turkish). 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  10. ^ Kemal Karpat (1985), Ottoman Population, 1830-1914, Demographic and Social Characteristics, The University of Wisconsin Press, p. 204-205