Eminönü is Istanbul's
crossroads. Located on the south
side of the Golden
Horn at the southern end of the Galata
Bridge, it's a major transportation
nexus for trains, trams
and buses, and
the Eminönü ferry
docks (map) are
Besides transport, it has sights:
(Spice) Bazaar, the Yeni
Mosque), Central Post Office (Merkez
Pasha Mosque and Sirkeci
Station (for the Marmaray).
It's a major shopping area and
has been for centuries. The Byzantines bought their fruits, vegetables and
grains here a millennium ago.
the early Ottoman centuries
it was the home of a Karaite Jewish colony,
who were later moved up the Golden
Horn to make way for the building
of the Yeni Cami.
You're most likely to use the Bağcılar-Kabataş
tram and the many ferryboats.
Eminönü has a few hotels, but there
are many more in neighboring Sirkeci. More...
At the far (northern) end of the Galata
Bridge from Eminönü is Karaköy (Galata),
with its own ferry docks, tram and
bus lines, and the international
cruise ship docks.
—by Tom Brosnahan