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Kuruçeşme’s Kuru Çeşme

The fountain is on the Ortaköy–Bebek coast road, so easily reached by bus or taxi. Unfortunately, there is no longer a ferry service to Kuruçeşme. The iskele is now a restaurant.

The 18th-century ‘dry fountain’ that gave the village of Kuruçeşme its name. Coca Cola came to the rescue. The fountain is built into the walls of the contemporary Tezkireci Osman Efendi Mosque. Next to it is the lane known as Alaylı Sokağı, which lays claim to being the narrowest street in Istanbul. Only two of the great yalıs that once lined this stretch of the Bosphorus. But step behind the mosque for a glimpse of the old village.

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