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Vaniköy


A band of desirable yalıs belonging to the great and the good, with a pretty mosque, and an until recently largely unblemished wooded hillside at the top of which stands the Rasathane (Observatory). The name comes a 17th-century philosopher Vani Efendi. The whole village could have been obliterated in June 2013 when a tanker came within inchies of the shore. Best seen from the sea, though the little square in front of the mosque is a pretty moment, if rather shut in by a new iron fence.