The Istanbul people who followed the rowboat in which the musicians traveled during moon feasts stood silent without moving, and the rowers rowed very gently and silently. The moon feast starts in Kanlıca Bay, after a couple of songs, the boats and rowboats take out to sea with the musicians’ boat in the middle. After rowing for a while, the procession returns and the last songs are sung in the bay again.

The greatest feature of the bay was its unique echo. An echo this strong and mind-blowing did not exist anywhere in Istanbul and Bosphorus. The odes sung by sonsgsters could be heard from İstinye and Emirgan, on the other side of the Bosphorus.

According to legend, the Kanlıca Village was a Byzantine summer village called Glaros. The name of the bay at the time was Friskos. Following the conquest, the old inhabitants left the village and in time, the Anatolian people arriving with their oxcarts settled in the regions. Anatolian villagers who settled in Kanlıca earned their living by making and selling oxcarts. In time, the place started being called Kağnılıca (Kağnı = Oxcart), then later Kanlıca. 

Those who didn’t own a mansion or waterfront house came to this city to eat of Kanlıca’s yoghurt, to have a coffee under its gigantic sycamore tree, to its coast in the evening hours, and its musical evenings that conquered the Bosphorus with their flowery scents, colors, sounds and shapes in august and september. 

The Iskender Pasha Social Complex built by Sinan the Architect, its cute pier and square, the Miharabad Grove which is one of the most beautiful groves in Istanbul, Yağıcı Refik, Seven-Eight Hasan Pasha, Princess Rukiye and many more elegant seaside mansions, its thick, famous yoghurt once called “Bahai Bay”, and its Ottoman houses that preserve their traditional texture stubbornly make Kanlıca the most “gentlemanly” district in Istanbul.

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