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Galata Docklands


The old Galata docks extended from Mehmed the Conqueror’s shipyard on the Golden Horn to Tophane. At the centre of the district today is Karaköy, the busy square which opens on to the Galata Bridge. Flanking this is Perşembe Pazar, the hardware district that extends along the banks of the Golden Horn, and Tophane, that marks the Bosphorus end of Karaköy.

1Karaköy

Karaköy, at the head of the Galata Bridge, is at the heart of Istanbul’s old docks. On one side lies Tophane, Istanbul’s trendy new arts district, on the other the incomparable hardware district. Enjoy it while you can.

2Tophane

The cool end of the docks: from grime and crime to high art, hedonism and café society, the northern end of the Galata docks is enjoyed a magical transformation in the last decade but is still, happily, laced with old-fashioned grit.


3The Galata Docks

The old Galata docks extended from Mehmed the Conqueror's shipyard on the Golden Horn to Tophane. At the centre of the district today is Karaköy, the busy square which opens on to the Galata Bridge.


4Galata

The once-walled medieval city of the Genoese and Venetian colonies. Upper Galata is part of Beyoğlu, Lower Galata very much the docklands of Karaköy.