The Heart of Istanbul’s transportations
The Yenikapi Transfer Center
is also the site of an underground mass rapid transit terminal. The construction of the project was delayed due to the massive excavations necessary for the project. The new Yenikapi terminal provides interchanges between the metro (M1) line
that connects to the Ataturk Airport
, the Istanbul Metro (M2) line
, and the new Marmaray railway link
connecting the Asian
and European Sides of Istanbul through a new tunnel under the Bosphorous.
It is also notable to mention that Yenikapi is one of the main ports in Istanbul connecting both sides of the city via Ferry Lines
Archaeology in Yenikapi
During the archaeological excavation at the Yenikapi Marmaray
site, it has been learned that Istanbul’s history dates back further than was previously thought.
8000-year-old skeletons were found and with the continuous excavations further graves have been unearthed. The graves reveal to us that Istanbul used to be home to the earliest settlements during the Stone Age
. Other than skeletons, the digs have revealed 34 sunken ships dating back to the seventh and 11th
centuries. The sunken ships have been transferred to the Istanbul University
and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Bodrum
There were also remnants of some walls found. They are now considered as the first city walls of Constantinople
when it was founded by the Byzantines
So, in order to provide an adequate urban and architectural design for the archaeological site, an international design competition was organized. Peter Eisenman and Aytac architects eventually selected as the winning proposal for the project. The project consists of an archeo-park and a large archaeological museum.
Things to do near YeniKapi
There are many things to do while you are in Yenikapi but there are some interesting things to checkout.
One of interesting things near Yenikapi is The Suleymaniye Mosque, it is located on the third hill of Istanbul, the mosque was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent and designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. The Arabic foundation inscription above the north portal of the mosque is carved in Thuluth script on three marble panels. The interior of the mosque is almost a square. The dome is flanked by semi-domes, and to the north and south arches with Tympana-filled windows. The mosque has an amazing architecture worth to see.
Also, you may want to visit Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet district
if you are a fan of history. Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian
patriarchal Cathedral, later an Ottoman Imperial Mosque
and now a museum. The dome design stabilizes the dome and the surrounding walls and arches, the actual construction of the walls of Hagia Sophia weakened the overall structure, while the minarets were an Ottoman addition and not part of the original Byzantine design, they were built for notification of invitations of prayers and announcements.
After you finish touring inside the Hagia Sophia you can walk the pathways around it and sit in its gardens to relax and have a nice view of the district.
If you are wondering where to do shopping near Yenikapi, you may want to go the Spice Bazaar in Eminonu and shop for antiques or spices. And also, there is the famous Mehmet Efendi Kahveci which is one of the oldest coffee breweries in Istanbul and famous for their freshly made coffee beans that offers you an amazing Turkish coffee
, you would see the staff working inside and preparing you coffee with an amazing service.
Yenikapi is considered the center of Istanbul, the heart of Istanbul’s transportation, and the heart of Istanbul’s history
. When you reach Yenikapi you will find yourself in the middle of the European side and wherever you go you find a new experience to reach.