It is told that Ak Mehmet Efendi, a veteran who came to Istanbul with Mehmed the Conqueror’s army, established the village. Ak Mehmed Efendi is actually from Bukhara. It is known that he came from Bukhara on foot to join in the conquest army. Ak Mehmet Efendi’s tomb is at the top of the village and it’s open for visiting. The village also houses the farm of Ak Mehmet Efendi, which contains a library, and a mansion of Malakof Hasan Pasha. Akbaba Village is famous for its walnuts. Evliya Çelebi says, “The pleasure seekers of Istanbul go to Akbaba Sultan in the cherry and chestnut season, set up tents and gather chestnuts and cherries for two-three months, having nice conversations all the time,” in his travel book. The events in Mehmed Rauf’s Karanfil and Yasemin (Cloves and Jasmines) take place in Akbaba Village. The author gathers its characters in the mansion of Kadri Pasha for a weekend, for “nice conversations,” as Evliya Çelebi puts it.
Alhough the Subaşı Farm, where the Hüseyin Bey Water springs, Malakof Hasan Pasha and Ahmed Mithat Efendi farms didn’t reach the present with their old majesty, the village is still open for agriculture. Its string beans, walnuts, cherries, chestnuts and honey are famous. Jonquils, grioles and lilies are grown, albeit in little numbers.
The village clad in green receives many visitors with the promenades it offers and the Akbaba Sultan Shrine.