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FENERBAHÇE

erbahBest known as home to one of Turkey's most famous and populrt football teams, Fenerbahçe ("the Yellow Canaries"), Fenerbahçe is a waterside suburb that is home to the big Kalamış Marina. It's named after the local lighthouse (fener) and is a generally well-heeled residential area with lots of inviting cafes and restaurants dotted about its streets. Just a handful of old wooden houses survive from the original neighbourhood. 

One of the great delights of summer in İstanbul is Fenerbahçe Parkı which sits on a promontory south of Kadıköy with splendid views out over the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus.

An oasis for admirers of tulips and Judas trees, the park also boasts a wild garden, an area set aside for poppies, cornflowers and other delicate blooms more usually associated with grass verges. The pretty Romantika Cafe was one of the many historic buildings restored by the late Çelik Gülersoy, the man who also brought us Soğukçeşme Sokağı behind Ayasofya in Sultanahmet.

Fenerbahçe play to crowds of up to 54,000 spectators in the modern Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium which was completely renovated in 2006. Nearby stands a statue of one of the team's most famous players, Lefter Kücükandonyadis (1925-2012).

The old Kadıköy Salı Pazarı (Tuesday Market) now takes places in nearby Hasanpaşa but is only really worth the effort of getting to if you feel the urge to stock up on cheap T-shirts.

Opposite the Kalamış Marina the small 19th-century Church of Hagios Ioannis Khrysostomos is easy to overlook and of no great architectural interest. The narthex does, however, retain an old stone printing block that shows what İstanbul used to look like.enerb2

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