ÜSKÜDAR District of Istanbul
The district of Üsküdar is located on the Asian-side of Istanbul along the Bosphorus Sea. Largely residential and densely populated, Üsküdar is Istanbul at its most authentic. It offers visitors an exciting opportunity to get off the tourist track.
we uncovered some of Istanbul’s most phenomenal hidden gems. From modern mosques and libraries to traditional markets and hamams, this Asian-side district is abounding with memorable sites.
Üsküdar is famous for its beautiful shoreline, the Maiden’s Tower, Camlica Hill, Fethi Pasha Grove, historic places such as 16th century Mosques, fountains and many more.
History of Üsküdar
Üsküdar was founded in the 7th century BC by ancient Greek colonists
In 410 BC Chrysopolis was taken by the Athenian general Alcibiades, and the Athenians used it thenceforth to charge a toll on ships coming from and going to the Black Sea. Long overshadowed by its neighbor Chalcedon during the Hellenistic and Roman period, it maintained its identity and increased its prosperity until it surpassed Chalcedon. Due to its less favorable location with respect to the currents of the Bosporus, however, it never surpassed Byzantium.
In AD 324, the final battle between Constantine I, Emperor of the West, and Licinius, Emperor of the East, in which Constantine defeated Licinius, took place at Chrysopolis.
In 1338 the Ottoman leader Orhan Gazi took Skoutarion, giving the Ottomans a base within sight of Constantinople for the first time.
Until a century ago Scutari was the terminus of the caravan-routes from Asia Minor, by which the treasures of the East were brought to Constantinople. It is still the starting point of the sacred annual Mecca caravan.”
Getting to Üsküdar is very easy. For intercity transportation to Üsküdar, you may find many transportation options.
One of the most important types of public transportation in Istanbul is the metrobus.
Metro and Tramway
One of the most modern and comfortable transportation lines of Istanbul is the metro.
is the most important types of public transportation in Istanbul
What to See and Do in üsküdar
Üsküdar’s mosques include the Mihrimah Sultan Camii(1547), a work designed the great Mimar Sinan for Mihrimah Sultan, the favorite daughter of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.
Her mosque, nicely restored, is on the north side of the plaza just opposite the ferry docks.
you can strolling around the Üsküdar Sqaure, watching the crowd, having a rest and drinking tea or coffee at the various cafes nearby the sea in the company of Bosphorus, visiting Fethi Pasha Grove and Camlica Hill to enjoy the beautiful and panoramic views of the Bosphorus,
and visiting Maiden’s Tower are the best things to do in Üsküdar.