The tallest ancient hill in Istanbul, the hill of brides “Camilca”
Istanbul has been known, as indicated by its celebrated history, as a city that brings together many ancient civilizations. Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world, so it is a multicultural, multi-ethnic and religious city that contains a diverse history and civilizations that remains a beacon of inspiration to this day.
Istanbul was known in many poems and literary works for its seven hills, and these seven hills occupied very valuable centers throughout history, from the Roman period to the Ottoman period.
Çamlıca is also located in the borders of the Üsküdar region on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, a place that has two hills overlooking the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, and is one of the most preferred parks in Istanbul.
Çamlıca is the tallest of these seven hills, where you can watch the most beautiful sunset in the whole city from this hill, and the atmosphere of the Bosphorus provides a unique haven with fresh air.
Çamlıca is distinguished by its view of many sites that can be seen, such as Sulaymaniyah and Sultanahmet, in addition to the Prince Islands and Ortakoy.
This hill is also divided into two separate sections, a large section rising 267 meters above sea level, and a small section rising 228 meters, where the panoramic beauty of Istanbul appears from this hill.
“Shamalija” throughout history:
Çamlıca was distinguished by its importance in Turkish literature, as many poets and authors of the reform era, as well as literary figures who lived in later years, mentioned “Kamilca” in their works, and the Ottoman sultans had given a great deal of attention and appreciation to this region, where many of the landmarks of Istanbul are located in its vicinity. Tourist attractions, including Hagia Sophia and Topkapi, all of which show the elegance and details of Ottoman architecture, and Çamlıca was used during the Ottoman period as a place for training birds of prey such as falcons.
The lively atmosphere of Çamlıca Hill:
The beauty of Çamlıca Hill is not only limited to the famous hill views, it is also home to many cafes and restaurants, and you can enjoy the flavor of Turkish tea or coffee in the vicinity of this hill surrounded by historical trees and wonderful plants, as well as the unique pleasure of having breakfast on the strait Bosphorus.
Çamlıca also attracts many local and foreign visitors who enjoy a wonderful view of the Bosphorus and the entire city, and the view of tulips and colorful flowers. The hill is also Istanbul’s best sites for watching migratory birds, where “bird watchers” from all over the world come to the hill, especially in September and October or in the spring for bird watching.
Recently, the Çamlıca Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey, was opened with its six minarets, which embrace the sky of Istanbul, and its balconies and windows overlook large parts of the city.