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Çamlıca Hill (Büyük Çamlıca Tepesi) is the highest point in Istanbul, 856 feet above sea level. Located on the Asian side in Üsküdar, it’s said that on a clear day you can see the Princes’ Islands, the Sea of Marmara, Golden Horn, and Beyoğlu.

 

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To the left, the Sea of Marmara leading into the Bosphorus Strait.

 

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Since it is the highest point in Istanbul, television and radio towers stand atop the hill and can be seen throughout the city. Don’t worry, they won’t block your panoramic views!

 

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As you walk through the park you can see additional views of the Asian side (opposite from the direction of the Bosphorus). Even though it’s a popular destination for picnics there are restaurants and cafes at the top too.

 

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Before you view the next 3 photos (a panoramic shot cut into 3)…imagine standing at the top looking towards the left towards the Sea of Marmara and slowly turning towards the right. Viewing two continents being divided by the Bosphorus Strait and seeing the Bosphorus Bridge that connects them.

 

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