Places to Visit in Kucukcekmece

Places to Visit in Kucukcekmece


  • Kucukcekmece

History of Kucukcekmece, Kucukcekmece is an important region that forms the origin of life in Istanbul.

Research by many geologists and anthropologists shows that the region has a very ancient history and that people lived here in prehistoric times.

The finds found in the Yarimburgaz Caves, located in the north of Kucukcekmece Lake, show that people made a living by fishing and hunting in the prehistoric period of Istanbul.

On the peninsula to the north of Kucukcekmece Lake, there are many building ruins and walls that are thought to belong to the Hellenistic - Late, Roman - Byzantine periods.

According to written sources, the area where these structures are located is thought to be the ancient city called "Bathonea", which existed in the Hellenistic period.

Kucukcekmece is strategically located connecting Istanbul to the western regions and Europe, and has been the target of many raids and attacks throughout history, including Huns, Avars, Pechenegs, Bulgarians, and Crusaders.  

Kucukcekmece, which came under Turkish rule just before the conquest of Istanbul, was rebuilt by Fatih Sultan Mehmet by repairing its roads and bridge.

The town, which took the name "Cekme-i Kucuk" Kucuk-Cekme’’, became an important place of accommodation by being equipped with mosques, madrasahs, inns, baths and fountains.

Kucukcekmece, which is administratively connected to the Haslar district, was developed by Abdusselam Celebi, the Chief Treasurer of Yavuz Sultan Selim and Suleiman the Magnificent.

In 1865, it was connected to the Bab-ı Police Administration and according to the State Yearbook in 1877, it is recorded that Istanbul was divided into 4 governorships: Uskudar, Beyoglu, Kaza-ı Erbaa and İzmit.

Kucukcekmece was part of the Kaza-ı Erbaa, and this kaza included Buyukcekmece, Silivri, Terkos, and Kucukcekmece.  

In 1878, Kucukcekmece began to be administered by Sehremaneti - Istanbul Municipality.

Kucukcekmece, which existed as a village connected to the Yesilkoy district in the first years of the Republic, became the center of the township in 1956.

In 1981, it was connected to Istanbul Municipality by incorporating the municipalities of Avcilar, Halkali and Sefakoy.

Kucukcekmece went down in history as a district established with the Law No. 3392 published in the Official Gazette dated July 04, 1987.

It was officially put into service on July 15, 1988.


Places to Visit in Kucukcekmece


  • Kucukcekmece Lake

Kucukçekmece Lake, is 10 km long and 6 km wide, and the deepest point of the lake is 22 meters.

Kucukcekmece Lake is surrounded by wetlands and therefore contains an important ecosystem.

The lake, which is located on the migration route for birds, is an important center of attraction for bird watchers.

Many species of birds feed and nest here.

The lake offers the perfect resting place for visitors with its surrounding parks and walking paths.

You can take a walk around the lake, ride a bike and have a picnic.

You can also watch its natural beauty while relaxing in the lake, where there are many bird species.

Kucukcekmece Lake, which is one of the protected wetlands, is important to protect its environment as it is located on the migration route of birds and has natural beauties.

For this reason, various nature conservation activities are carried out in and around the lake.


  • Yarimburgaz Cave

Yarımburgaz Cave, One of the must-visit places for archeology and history lovers is the Yarimburgaz Cave in Kucukcekmece.  

This is a cave with finds from the prehistoric age, where traces of humanity's first signs of life are found.

The archaeological finds here make us think that the first people who settled here continued their lives by gathering and hunting.

This place is currently declared as a 1st degree Archaeological site.

For those of you who remember, Yarimburgaz Cave is the cave where the cave scenes of the movie Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves were shot.


  • Matchhouse

Kibrithane is one of the last factories established in the 19th century during the Ottoman period.

This historical place, which was brought back to life with an award-winning restoration in 2014, is now used for many TV series, movies, clips, fashion events, festivals, concerts, TV programs, bride and groom shots, weddings, engagements and henna organizations.

In addition, the Matchhouse is used as a shooting plateau today


  • Kucukcekmece Municipality Soguksu Social Facilities

Kucukcekmece Municipality Soguksu Social Facilities is known as a pleasant facility with a view of Kucukcekmece Lake and offering outdoor seating areas.

Seafood and regional cuisine are served here.

 You can come to this facility, which is located in a green area, after a nice walk with a rich oxygen source, enjoy the lake view, enjoy delicious food or take a hot coffee break.


  • ArmoniPark Outlet Center

ArmoniPark Outlet Center is a shopping center that includes outlet stores of domestic and foreign brands.

It is an ideal destination for those looking for affordable branded products.

This center has more than 100 shops, a movie theater, children's playgrounds, and restaurants serving delicious food.

In addition, with its terrace, it offers visitors a perfect shopping experience and socializing.

Armoni Park Outlet Center is a place that should be added to the list of places to visit in Kucukcekmece for those who want to shop and socialize


  • Galatasaray Rowing Facilities

Galatasaray Rowing Facilities is a facility that has been located on the shores of Kucukcekmece Lake since 1999 and is the meeting point for rowing lovers.

This facility is equipped with advanced technology and is home to 200 rowers.

If you are interested in rowing, you can get training on rowing at this facility and learn rowing at a hobby level.

The resort has activities for all age groups and also offers a spectacular view.

From Kucukcekmece, you can easily reach Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) on time.

Transportation Options: You can easily reach Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) by using public transportation options, Municipal Buses, Metro and Tram.

Before using these lines, you should check and select the appropriate timetables for your trip on the website.

Air transfer lines: You can reach Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) comfortably and effortlessly with your Airport Transfer reservations made on the Airtransferlines website.

With Airtransferlines, it provides a comfortable, unique Airport Transfer experience with the latest model luxury vehicles.

Click www.airtransferlines.com to take advantage of the advantages of Airtransferlines, to find the right vehicle and driver for you with a wide range of transfer options, to get information about your destination or to make a reservation.


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