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BALTALİMANI

The Bosphorus suburb of Baltalimanı ("Axe Harbour") is one of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it places where you're unlikely to get off the bus but where you might perhaps want to glance quickly out of the window at the Kemik Hastanesi (Osteopathy Hospital) housed in the early 19th-century Palace of Mediha Sultan, a now blush-pink building originally designed for the grand vizier Mustafa Reşid Paşa by Sarkis Balyan but later occupied by minor members of the imperial family. 

The palace has one main claim to fame which is that in 1838 a treaty was signed in it that liberalized trading conditions for foreigners, leading to a shortlived economic boom. 

The suburb is named after one of Sultan Mehmed II's admirals, Süleyman Bey, nicknamed "Baltaoğlu" because of the number of trees he had chopped down ("balta" is Turkish for "axe") to built the ships used for the successful assault on Constantinople in 1453.

Transport info

Most buses heading up the Bosphorus pass through Baltalimanı on their way to Emirgan. 

Nearby areas

Aşiyan

Emirgan

Rumeli Hisarı

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