Florya

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Florya is a neighborhood (Turkish: mahalle) belonging to the Bakırköy district of the greater Istanbul, Turkey. It is located along Marmara Sea, and borders to the northeast the neighborhood of Yeşilköy, to the northwest that of Küçükçekmece. It is one of the high class and rich areas of Istanbul. Florya has a station along the İstanbul-Halkalı Commuter Line.

Atatürk, the founder and the first president of Turkey, used to spend his free time in his Florya Atatürk Marine Mansion by swimming and enjoying the beautiful sandy beach.

Name[edit]

Florya's name, according to the Byzantine scholar Michael Psellos, who found it cited in an imperial Chrysobull, comes from the Greek word "Phlorion". [1] It derives possibly by a certain Florus, who lived in this neighborhood during the early Byzantine age. [1]

One part of the neighborhood is also called Şenlikköy.

Facilities[edit]

The Atatürk Marine Mansion, once summer residence of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and a museum today, is located at the shore of Marmara Sea.

Famous sports club Galatasaray SK has the club's training facilities in Florya. Also İstanbul Super Amateur League team Bakirkoyspor plays its home games in Şenlikköy Stadium, which is located in Florya.

Florya Koleji, Istek Vakfi, Ilke Koleji, Bahçeşehir Koleji are some of the private colleges in the area.

Renowned kebap restaurant Beyti is situated in a three-story building in Florya.

Economy[edit]

Airlines such as Atlasjet and Freebird Airlines have their head office in Florya.[2][3] Previously Onur Air had its head office in Florya.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Janin (1964), p. 414
  2. ^ "Headquarters and Call Center." Atlasjet. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Address : Atlasjet Havacılık A.Ş. Yeşilyurt Mah. Eski Halkalı Yolu Alaçatı Evleri Yanı No:5/B 34153 Florya İstanbul / TURKEY."
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Freebird Airlines. Retrieved on 4 August 2011. "Yesilköy Cad. No:9 a Blok Daire:3-4 34153 Florya-Istanbul/TÜRKİYE"
  4. ^ "Communication" (Archive) Onur Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Head Office Şenlikköy Mah. Çatal Sokak No. 3 34153 Florya - İstanbul/TÜRKİYE." Map.

Sources[edit]

  • Janin, Raymond (1964). Constantinople Byzantine (in French) (2 ed.). Paris: Institut Français d'Etudes Byzantines. 

Coordinates: 40°58′N 28°47′E / 40.97°N 28.79°E / 40.97; 28.79