Golden Horn Today

After the Fall of Constantinople, the Greeks, Jews. Italians and other non-Muslims along with the Greek Orthodox Church had moved bases to the Horn. They inhabited the Phanar (Fener) and the Balat districts. Today, both the sides of the Golden horn are cosmopolitan pockets with amusement parks dotting the twin shores.

The Istanbul chamber of Commerce is a prominent feature of the shorescape while an old Muslim cemetery provides a tingling contrast with the new. The Galata Bridge, built in 1836, connects Old Istanbul with the districts of Galata and Eminönü. Further up, the Atatürk Bridge and the Haliç Bridge forms an interesting trio of conduits that kiss the Halic sky with supreme joy.

The Fener and Balat districts are studded with Byzantine and Ottoman architectures. Quaint wooden houses, synagogues and churches cloaked in the mists of the past, the imposing Greek Orthodox Patriarchate building grace the skyline. Eyup, slightly further up is abounding with Ottoman relics.

A clutch of cypress shaded cemeteries dotting the hillside, gives the impression of a poem being written. The Shrine of Eyup amid this sylvan heaven has a reputation of wish fulfillment. Both the devout and the wanderer come to this tomb to make a wish. The Pierre Loti café atop the hill possesses a magnificent view of the Shrine along with the hill. Those who do not believe in making wishes can enjoy the picturesque view from here. They will find that their wishes have come true, without asking.
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