Aksaray, Fatih

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Aksaray is located in Istanbul Fatih
Coordinates: 41°00′36″N 28°57′10″E / 41.01000°N 28.95278°E / 41.01000; 28.95278Coordinates: 41°00′36″N 28°57′10″E / 41.01000°N 28.95278°E / 41.01000; 28.95278
Country Turkey
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code0-212
Underground market in Aksaray.

Aksaray (literally "White Palace" in Turkish) is a neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey. Aksaray is a part of the district of Fatih. It is so named because it was founded by migrants from Aksaray in central Turkey, deported there in the 15th century by Mehmet II to repopulate the city after the its conquest. [1] It also borders the neighborhood of Eminönü around the Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque. Aksaray has a modern appearance, with many hotels and shops, mostly active in trade with Russia and Romania.


In Aksaray there is a station of the M1 line on the Istanbul LRT, which goes from Yenikapı to the Atatürk International Airport in Yeşilköy. The area is also served by the T1 tram line, with stops at Yusufpasha and Aksaray. Transport maps show a connection between the Yusufpasha tram stop and the metro station Aksaray, but this involves an above-ground walk of about 350m down side streets, or an even longer walk between the tram stop called Aksaray and the metro stataion called Aksaray.

Hub for sex trafficking[edit]

Aksaray is also known as a hub for the illegal sex trafficking of young women from Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.[2] Some reports in the Turkish media have claimed that the neighborhood is especially prone to prostitution because it is a "no man's land" between two adjoining police jurisdictions, Fatih and Eminonu.[3]



  • Mamboury, Ernest (1953). The Tourists' Istanbul. Istanbul: Çituri Biraderler Basımevi.

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