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KABATAŞ

kabatas2Despite its pleasant name (which means "polite stone" in Turkish) Kabataş, midway between Fındıklı and Dolmabahçe, is little more than a major transport interchange where the trams from Sultanahmet terminate and passengers can change to the funicular running up to Taksim Square.

There's also an important bus terminal here if you want to take a bus along the Bosphorus to Beşiktaş or beyond, as well as a ferry terminal for getting across the Bosphorus to Üsküdar.

You can also pick up one of the fast ferries that leave from here for the Princes' Islands and Bursa.

Monuments are thin on the ground although there are a few late Ottoman fountains of passing interest if you have to hang around for a ferry. The Dolmabahçe Palace is just a short walk from Kabataş.

kabatas1Around Kabataş

The most conspicuous of the fountains is the large freestanding Hekimoğlu Paşa Çeşmesi that stands close to the fast-ferry terminal. Built in 1732, it was restored in 2009 although its plain marble sides continue to offer temptation to taggers. 

On the opposite side of the road you'll see a small sebil, one of the public water dispensaries provided by the wealthy to ease the lot of the less well-off in high summer. It was commissioned in 1787 by the grand vizier Koca Yusuf Paşa and has now been converted into a pleasant small cafe if you need somewhere to wait for a ferry.

Heading towards Dolmabahçe you'll see another sebil on the busy corner opposite the Beşiktaş football stadium. Commissioned for Hacı Memed Emin Ağa in 1741 it doubles up as a private burial plot which you can can sometimes go into. kabatas3

Transport info

If you're a tourist you may find that all roads almost literally lead to Kabataş since this is one of the city's most important transport interchanges.

Nearby areas

Dolmabahçe

Fındıklı

Taksim Square

Tophane

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