Galatasaray Islet

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Galatasaray Islet
Galatasaray Islet
Galatasaray Islet
Galatasaray Islet is located in Turkey
Galatasaray Islet
Galatasaray Islet
Location of Galatasaray Islet Turkey.
Coordinates: 41°03′35.06″N 29°2′22.48″E / 41.0597389°N 29.0395778°E / 41.0597389; 29.0395778Coordinates: 41°03′35.06″N 29°2′22.48″E / 41.0597389°N 29.0395778°E / 41.0597389; 29.0395778
Country Turkey
 • TotalNone
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The Galatasaray Islet, (Turkish: Galatasaray Adası) is a small island on the Bosphorus strait off Kuruçeşme neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, which is owned by Galatasaray Sports Club.

Its location just north of the Bosphorus Bridge, with the view of the Bosphorus, makes it an attractive facility that houses bars, 6 restaurants and two swimming pools.[1][2] Only 165 m (541 ft) far from the European coast,[3] the islet is reachable by free ferry service.

In Autumn 2002, construction has started to turn the Galatasaray Islet into one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. Totally rebuilt, it serves since July 2007 the Galatasaray community and Istanbulers as an entertainment and recreation center.[4]

A fire broke out in the kitchen chimney on October 4, 2007 that burnt down two restaurants and damaged four other premises on the islet.[5]

In 2017, Nilhan Osmanoglu (Sultan Abdulhamid's granddaughter) stated they will claim ownership of the islet in future.[6]


Galatasaray Islet May 2009
Galatasaray Islet May 2009

In 1872, Ottoman sultan Abdülaziz (reigned 1861–1876) granted the islet to the Ottoman-Armenian court architect Sarkis Balyan (1835–1899), who erected a three-story house on it as his own residence. In 1874, during one of his several visits to Istanbul, Russian-Armenian painter Ivan Aivazovsky stayed in the mansion of Sarkis on the islet, and made here a number of paintings commissioned by the sultan for the Dolmabahçe Palace.[3]

Called as the "Sarkis Bey Islet" during his lifetime, it was rented out by his legal heirs after the World War I to "Şirket-i Hayriye", the company operating passenger ferries in Istanbul, and was used for a long time as a coal depot.[3]

In 1957, Galatasaray S.K. purchased the islet and constructed premises and sports facilities on it.[3] The swimming pool on the islet served home to the water polo team from 1957 to 1968.[7]


  1. ^ "Suada Official Website". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  2. ^ "Suada Official Website". Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "Galatasaray Adası, Unit Group tarafından yenilenecek" (in Turkish). Turizimde Bu Sabah. September 26, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Galatasaray Adası" (in Turkish). Galatasaray Sports Club. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Fire on Galatasaray Island". Sabah. October 4, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ CNNTurk 2.2.2017 Nilhan Osmanoglu, the granddaughter of Abdülhamit II, wants Suada
  7. ^ "Sutopu tarihçe" (in Turkish). Galatasaray Sports Club. Retrieved February 7, 2009.

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