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      x0x Emirgan Woods, a hidden Bosporus paradise

      There are three different villas built in three
      different styles by Hidiv Ismail Pasha in Emirgan
      Woods in the 19th century, a heaven located in the
      woods right by the Bosporus. Beltur assumed the
      management and maintenance of the timber Yellow
      Villa as restaurant and cafe


      ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News

      When complaining about Istanbul's lack of parks and greenery that
      grace other world-class metropolises in the world,
      we tend to overlook its surrounding forests. While
      large woodland areas and villas built within them
      are being replaced by huge apartment blocks, the
      Fethi Pasha, Çubuklu, Emirgan and Küçükçamlica
      woods are still available for public use. Each of
      them helps breathe oxygen into Istanbul. The Hidiv
      Summer Palace, Çamlica and Emirgan Villas located
      in these parks are lush urban escapes located on
      both sides of Istanbul.

      Emirgan Woods, where the Parks and Garden Department is located,
      welcomes visitors not only with thriving trees but
      also a colorful array of flowers. You could walk
      for hours with the Bosporus view at your side,
      taking in the lush, natural scenery that is a big
      change from Istanbul proper.

      Once known as the Emirgune garden, consisting of an abundance of
      cypress trees, Emirgan Woods served as a promenade
      during the 17th century. It is even said that the
      tulip flower was first cultivated here. In the
      mid-19th century a big part of the 470,000 square
      meter woods was given to Hidiv Ismail Pasha by
      Sultan Abdülaziz. Ismail Pasha built three little
      villas, each with a different style. After the
      death of the Pasha the yellow, pink and white
      villas were distributed among his three children
      and were later sold by their heirs.

      Birdhouse model villa:

      The woods were opened to the public in 1943 by the Metropolitan
      Municipality of Istanbul. The villas were
      affiliated with the Turing Company during the
      beginning of the restoration period and are now
      managed by the Beltur Company, which operates
      under the Municipality of Istanbul.

      The Yellow Villa, buit in 1871 by Ismail Pasha and has a unique
      birdhouse appearance, now serves as a restaurant.

      The Yellow Villa has undergone a series of changes and offers very
      modern service. On the menu you will find Turkish
      cuisine as well as world cuisine with a wide
      variety of meat, fish and vegetarian meals. The
      management said that a kitchen staff of nine uses
      only the freshest of ingredients, especially meat.

      The restaurant offers meals like sea bass casserole,
      artichoke-mushroom ragout, Malaysian-style spicy
      chicken, mint chicken breast, soufflé and fried
      ice cream. Due to high demand, they focus on saucy
      and fatty meals, restaurant representative Servet
      Kaya said. The meals at the Yellow Villa are
      high-quality and the prices compared to a
      restaurant of equal standard are reasonable.


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