Tarabya

Tarabya, historical summer residence of the German ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
Grand Tarabya Hotel on the Bosphorus

Tarabya (Ottoman Turkish: Tarabiye‎, Greek: Θεραπειά, romanizedTherapiá) is a neighbourhood in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on the European shoreline of the Bosphorus strait, between the neighbourhoods of Yeniköy and Kireçburnu. It was the site of the ancient town of Pharmakia.[1]

In the early days of the last siege of Constantinople in 1453, Ottoman forces captured Therapia - then a minor Byzantine fortification. Some 40 surrendered soldiers were impaled.[2]

Tarabya was where the foreign embassies had their summer houses during the Ottoman period, and today the area has several European consulates.

Sultan Selim II used to enjoy eating fish in this area and asked his grand vizier, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, to build a palace for him where he can spend the summers. It is believed that Sultan Selim II called his palace Tarabiye which means "pleasure", and the name of the neighbourhood (Tarabya) has derived from the name of this palace.[3]

Besides its historical monuments, Tarabya is famous for its seafood restaurants, bistros and nightclubs.

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