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All About Bagdat Street

 

Bagdat Street, on Istanbul’s Asian side, is a notable section of the city that breathes life into the metropolis. Bagdat Caddesi, commonly known as Bagdat Caddesi, is an upper-class residential neighborhood. Bagdat Street is renowned for its affluent and elegant boutiques that include both local and international designer labels. Bagdat Street is lined with retail malls, department shops, and gourmet and ethnic restaurants from across the world. There’s something for everyone’s palate! 

There are also several cafés and bars for people who want a more relaxed atmosphere. The majority of the shops that line Bagdat Street are open nearly every day, giving tourists and delighted customers the opportunity to broaden their purchasing choices. Even on Sunday afternoons, when most businesses are closed, some shops and stores are open. Bagdat Street is a 6-kilometer length that runs nearly parallel to the Sea of Marmara’s shoreline. After even a little period of pavement surrounding the roadway, there is simple access to transit. 

Where is Bagdat Street?

Bagdat Street is in Maltepe, and the name “Bagdat” is derived from the Arabic term “Baghdad.” The avenue is a one-way street and may be regarded as the Turkish equivalent of Istiklal Avenue, which is on the European side in terms of significance and high standards. The avenue is usually bustling and full of activity being the major thoroughfare in an upper-scale residential neighborhood, even on weekdays, but the weekend certainly stands out as the most fashionable and energy-filled environment. 

Despite being urban and contemporary, the avenue is lined with ancient plane trees that border the beautiful stores that sell the greatest world-renowned brands, as well as some of the top restaurants that provide the best cuisine. The road is also home to some of the finest luxury automobile dealerships and banking institutions. The avenue is also known as a huge open-air shopping mall, so discounts and haggling are just the icing on the cake for those who like shopping till they drop. 

History of Bagdat Street

During the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, Bagdat Street served as a transportation link between Constantinople and Anatolia. The route, which was utilized for commerce and military reasons, was named after Baghdad when Sultan Murad IV conquered the city in 1638. For visitors coming or leaving from the city, fountains and prayer spots were constructed along the route during the Ottoman period. 

When Sultan Abdul Hamid II came to power, several Pashas, senior officials, and rich merchants purchased property parcels along the road to be near to the palace. Luxury wooden chalet homes were built on these sites, and several are still standing today. Prior to the outbreak of World War I, the Boulevard was cobblestone-paved, and carriages were utilized for transportation. The region surrounding the avenue was utilized as a summer retreat by the city’s affluent families until the 1960s. Following the construction of the Bosphorus Bridge, these low-rise summerhouses were demolished and replaced with high-rise condominiums. 

Today, the Boulevard serves as a gathering place for people celebrating a sporting event or a national holiday on Istanbul’s Asian side. There is a lot of singing, dancing, driving, and honking of vehicle horns. Visit the restaurants and many attractions on Bagdat Caddesi, and you’ll be very fulfilled with food -and culture!