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- 98%Local Culture
- 92%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 85%Budget Travelers
- 81%History Buffs
- 76%Family Travelers
- 67%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (29)
- EminönüMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
I loved Eminonu and the surrounding area!
This is the transportation hub as well as a central point for many of Istanbul's attractions.
From here you can easily hop a ferry and sail up the Bosphorus.
I also would suggest a Fish Sandwich at one of the many boats that will beckon you.
These sandwiches are delicious and very inexpensive.
I highly recommend.
- EminönüMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 16, 2013
The historic peninsula is divided into two districts: Eminonu and Fatih. Eminonu is where you'll find most of the major attractions: Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, New Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Bazaar and others. Closer to Sultanahmet you'll find this to be one of the more touristy areas of town but closer to the water in the streets around the Spice Bazaar you can find more authentic shops, restaurants and sites.
- EminönüOct 16, 2013
Eminönü is Istanbul's transport hub, by the Golden Horn. Comprising trains, trams, buses and ferry terminals, if you are travelling independently, you will undoubtedly spend time here changing between different methods of transport. You should visit the Balık-Ekmek (Fish Sandwich) stalls by the side of the ferry docks, for a not-to-be-missed Istanbul favourite. This is also the location of the Yeni Cami (New Mosque) and the Spice Bazaar.
- EminönüMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Sep 23, 2013
Great place to catch a ferry, you can get to pretty much any other port in the city via Eminonu. This neighborhood of Istanbul also has amazing outdoor fresh produce markets. I honestly couldn't even explain how to get to one but if you wander for long enough you'll find one.
- EminönüMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Sep 07, 2013
This is a place where the word "crowded" is re-defined. Its a must for a tourist to see once for a lifetime but not a place I'd prefer to be every day. Good shopping opportunity here. Not for branded goods but more of traditional turkish style carpets, jewellery, spices etc. Beware for little boys trying to sell you perfumes or shoe shiners. Don't look at them at the eyes and don't even say no when they ask you to buy things (they accept this as a started conversation). Just ignore and keep walking..
- EminönüApr 02, 2013
Eminonu is the general area at the southeastern end of the Galata Bridge. It spans the old and the new Istanbul. A hundred buses leave its terminal every hour, to destinations far and near. A dozen ferries are launched from its piers, a short distance across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of the city or farther up the strait. You'll delight in all the street you'll hope to find. All this, and more, makes Eminonu one of the most vibrant areas of this extraordinary metropolis.
- EminönüMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 6Jan 05, 2013
In my opinion, if you happen to have only 30 minutes in your life to spend in Istanbul, I would choose the Eminönü Pier. Here you will see Istanbul´s vibrant city life, with spectacular view of the Galata Tower, the city ferries entering and leaving, to carry the people all over the city, including the Asian part of the city and the Princess Islands.
You will listen to vendors, selling fresh Simit (Sesame rings) and all kinds of stuff. Lately even African and Oriental products Re being sold in Eminönü.
My suggestion, just jump on a ferry and go where it may bring you, and enjoy the Marmara Sea.
- EminönüAug 18, 2012
Eminönü is a former district of Istanbul in Turkey, now a neighbourhood of Fatih district. This is the heart of the walled city of Constantine, the focus of a history of incredible richness. Eminönü covers roughly the area on which the ancient Byzantium was built. The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminönü and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea. And up on the hill stands Topkapı Palace, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya). Thus Eminönü is the main tourist destination in Istanbul. It was a part of the Fatih district until 1928, which covered the whole peninsular area (the old Stamboul) within the roman city walls - that area which was formerly the Byzantine capital Constantinople. Since the resident population of Eminönü is low today, it rejoined the Fatih district in 2009.
The Golden Horn was a natural port, particularly the Eminönü/Sirkeci shore, which being on a peninsula was also eminently defensible. It was this location that led to the foundation of Byzantium, and from here that the city grew, with the oldest neighbourhoods being the port districts along the Golden Horn. In the 12th century, the Byzantine port was also occupied by merchants from Venice, Amalfi, Genoa and Pisa, who eventually acquired their own wharfs and waterfront districts.
In the Byzantine period, the modern area of Eminönü included the districts of Neórion (after the war harbor located there), Akrópolis, Kynégion, Arcadianae/Arkadianaí, ta Hormísdou, Amantíou, Caenopolis/Kainópolis ("New City"), ta Kanikleíou, ta Narsoú, ta Kaisaríou, Artopoleía (the "bakeries"), Argyroprateía (the "silver vendors"), Chalkoprateía (the "bronze vendors"), ta Olybríou, Constantinianae/Konstantinianaí, ta Amastrianón, Eugeníou, Pérama ("Crossing", the place where the ferry to Galata sailed), Zeúgma, Stauríon, Vlánga, Heptáskalon.
The Golden Horn was still a thriving port in Ottoman times, occupied by importers, warehousemen, sailors and traders of every description, the centre of trade in the city, a labyrinth of narrow streets, workshops and markets leading uphill to Topkapı Palace, the Ottoman capital.
The name of the neighbourhood, Eminönü, reflects its place in history. Translated from Turkish to English it roughly means 'in front of justice'. Emin meaning 'justice', önü meaning 'in front of'. The name most probably came from the Ottoman courts and customs houses on the docks; "Emin" was the title of an Ottoman customs official.
The nature of the place was changed by the industrial age; the Galata Bridge was built across the Golden Horn; steamships arrived, then electricity, then the railway and the Istanbul terminal of the Orient Express was naturally sited at Sirkeci Station. The sea walls still surrounded the city, and the sea gates of the port of Eminönü were the point of entry for goods, and for people. Eminönü was a part of the Fatih district until 1928. She became district of İstanbul in 1928.
In the wake of the huge railway station, other grand stone buildings were also built in the late Ottoman period. Among these were some commercial buildings and the central post office. In the early days of the Republic of Turkey, Eminönü was renovated extensively; the big square was opened up in front of Yeni Cami by clearing out the tollbooths at the end of the Galata Bridge; the Spice bazaar was restored; the fish market was cleared off the shore of the Golden Horn and a road opened up to the new bridge at Unkapanı.
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