Beykoz Prairie

Beykoz Prairie is a grove worth examining due to its choice of location and the topography of the area. At the time, the prairie started at the Hünkar pier and reached until Tokat Village. Alsa known as Yalıköy Prairie and Hünkar Pier Prairie, Beykoz prairie has always been a place of social expression where unrelated rituals were performed. Although it was reduced and tired, its mission still continues and the Beykoz Municipality still organizes some of its cultural activities such as Festivals in this area. Loincloth Wearing Ceremonies were conducted on this prairie for centuries. The ceremony is an important tradition for the guild. It is a kind of graduation ceremony for the experts who will rise from apprenticeship to mastery.

According to Reşat Ekrem Koçu, after the rule of Mahmud II., it was traditional to take the students of boarding military and administrative schools for a promenade in the Beykoz Prairie and throwing a lamb feast. The parade for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. upon her arrival to Istanbul was conducted in the Beykoz Prairie. At the time, the prairie was full of students who got rid of the year’s fatigue during ten-fifteen days of festivities. During the independence war, it was the target range of the voluntary units. 

Although the Beykoz Prairie is not as large as it was back then, It is one of the largest monolithic green, ordered open air spaces in Istanbul.

Beykoz Prairie

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