During the 1700s and 1800s, when the
hot days of summer spread disease in
the crowded streets of Constantinople,
the wealthy and well-connected escaped
the city to Tarabya, in the cooler air and healthful
breezes of the Bosphorus shores.
Among the choicest resorts was a small,
picturesque cove called Therapia in
Greek. It had been a favored getaway
spot since the times of the Byzantines.
Foreign diplomats built sumptuous
villas and "summer
embassies" on the
shores to north and south of the cove.
Constantinopolitan society moved here
for the summer to stroll and dine by
the pretty cove.
Now called Tarabya, the cove is surrounded
by restaurants that still draw crowds
of city folk in summer. If it's lunch
or dinner time when you pass through,
stop for a meal. If it's not, stop
for a drink and a rest.
The landmark by which you can identify
Tarabya from the Bosphorus is the big
Grand Tarabya Hotel(Büyük
Tarabya Oteli), now being renovated.