Friday, September 21, 2012

For six weeks this summer, we stayed at a friend's home near  Emirgan Korusu (Emirgan Park).

The park is lovely, even without the springtime tulips, and the Bosphorus views, especially of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, are extraordinary.
A night-time view of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Istanbul's second bridge that connects Europe and Asia together.
However, I quickly learned Emirgan is like a suburb of Istanbul. It took me about twice as long to get anywhere by public transportation! Lucky you if you have a car here.

That's when I realized my daily life in Istanbul revolves around the particular neighborhoods of Beşiktaş, Nişantaşı, Sultanahmet and the Taksim area. I'm a city girl at heart.

Every now and then, we might head north to Ortaköy or Bebek to grab a different kind of ale at  TAPS Brewery. And maybe to Emirgan for a relaxing Sunday brunch at Sutiş. And then even more rare, we might venture over to the Asian side of Istanbul.

Still, I did enjoy temporarily living among the greenness and fancy houses of Emirgan. Here are some photos I took while exploring the side streets here.
You'll first notice the boats in the Bosphorus when you visit Emirgan in Istanbul.
But a few blocks away, you will find chickens in a neighbor's backyard.
The back of Panagia Evangelistria Greek Orthodox Church in Emirgan.
The church, dates back to 1834, still holds a service on Sunday mornings.
The front view of Panagia Evangelistria Greek Orthodox Church in Emirgan.
Emirgan has many of these beautifully restored Ottoman-era mansions.
I'm going to guess they date back to the 1800s. 
Wouldn't you love to live in one of these beauties in Istanbul?
I think this was once a functioning fountain.
Now, it's overgrown with wild flowers.
The Church of Surp Yerits Mangants (The Three Holy Infants) in Emirgan
also is open on Sundays. This Armenian church dates back to 1836
and was restored as recently as 2004.

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Julia said...

Looks like we need a little visit to Emirgan next time we're in Istanbul (which unfortunately won't be till 2013). Love the churches, the restored houses AND the view of the bridge.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i would love to see the inside of some of those hoomes!

Joy said...

@Julia, Emirgan is a nice place to visit! Let us know if u come here.

@Joyce, it really is a lovely area! :-)