İncirköy

This area was called İncirli Bahçe (Fig Garden) with the large number of houses with wide gardens and fig trees. The travel book of Evliya Çelebi, which is written in an unusual style for the written works of his time describes İncirköy, “it has 300 houses inside gardens, mosque, masjid and its bath, and the Heraspare Ahmet Pasha Palace.” The preserved green area between Saip Molla Avenue and the Bekir Aga Dead-End is called the Sultaniye Prairie. The football field located in the middle of the prairie belongs to Paşabahçe Sports Club. The Sultaniye Prairie is described in the Ottoman chronicles; “The Bayezid Khan building is a vineyard, a world-renowned rose garden. There are such cypress trees in the Sultaniye Prairie that their heads reach the sky.” The prairie was a bay with an islet in the middle in the time of Suleiman the Magnificent. The bay was filled and the prairie was expandede because of the attention and love of the Sultan with Daggers. Later, Osman Pasha built the Ruler’s Mansion in the time of Murad III. The prairie hosted circumcision ceremonies and wrestling tournaments for long years. Today, only a fountain and target range is left of the mansion.

Right beside the prairie, we find the Paşabahçe Bottle and Glass Factory founded on the famous glassmaking tradition of Beykoz. The factory began its operations in 1935. It continued production for 65 years without stopping. The factory is shut down today, and provides a silent background from the 60s for the TV series shot around it.

İncirköy

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