Legend has it that Çubuklu (with sticks) has this name because stick tresses were manufactured here. Another legend belongs to Evliya Çelebi. Çelebi mentions an anecdote about the district’s name. Bayezid II strikes eight sticks on the ground as a mark of the caliphate when he brings his son Selim from Trabzon. He says to the pince while striking the sticks: “Son, don’t suffer, invoke the god, following your invokation, the caliphate will be yours with my tutelage. Here, put this dry stick from which you ate fruits, on the ground so that you will eat its fruits for eight years.” Prince Selim puts the cranberry stick on the ground and prays: “O God! Let this dry tree bear fruits.”

Kara Şemseddin who witnessed the event joins in the prayer by saying “Amen,” and the dry stick comes to life. Çelebi concludes by saying “Each fruit of the cranberry weighed five dirhams, just like Madina dates.” The place where the event took place comes to be called Çubuklu Garden. Before Ottoman Era, Çubuklu is a promenade called Katangion. As Saint Alexander conducted ceremonies here day and night, the Sleepless Monastery is built here. Çubuklu receives special attention from Suleiman the Magnificent and Ahmet I, after Selim I. The son-inlaw and grand vizier of Ahmed III, İbrahim Pasha of Nevşehir builds a large pool and a beautiful fountain here, and sycamores and various trees are planted around the river. It is zoned again in the rule of Ahmed III because of its beauty. However, Grand Visier Raif Pasha was the one who showed the greatest care for Çubuklu. He builds lakes, castes and pools around his mansion, previously the Feyzabad Pavilion. Then he builds mansions for all of his five children to enlighten the village. Mehmet Rauf writes, “The fortunes of this village where once the most beautiful waterfont mansions in the Bosphorus were lined up on its coast always lasted short because of the harshness of its weather, despite its bright episodes, and somehow its smile came right before it withdrew in its shell.” However, as in every period, Çubuklu found a patron at the end of the 19th century with its attractive beauty. Abbas Hilmi Pasha builds in Çubuklu in this period. Pasha builds a large pavilion, mansions and the Çubuklu Mosque.

Just like Mehmet Rauf did, the beauty of Çubuklu deserves praise even today, its large coast line can be walked, traditional delicacies can be experienced at its restaurants, and the most beautiful pictures of Istanbul can be caught on the Hidiv Grove.

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