It is also located further west of Istanbul’s Silivri and Çatalca districts. Büyükçekmece has calm and unique demography away from the city centre. It is one of the largest districts in terms of area on the European side. Büyükçekmece’s surface area is 196 square kilometers.
According to the latest census, the population values of the district are around 257 thousand. Buildings such as the Endem Television Tower, which is among the tallest television towers in Europe, are also within the boundaries of the district. Besides, this district hosts events such as the Büyükçekmece Culture and Art Festival, one of the largest culture and arts festivals in the world.
Likewise, within the framework of the increasing settlement trend towards out of the city in Istanbul in recent years, real estate opportunities in this region also draw the attention of investors. New generation real estate projects around Büyükçekmece are among the real estate portfolios that attract both domestic and foreign investors.
History of Büyükçekmece
The history of Büyükçekmece dates back to the 7th century BC. Since it is close to Beylikdüzü district, there is evidence that the first settlements in Büyükçekmece district were established by the Helens. In the 400s A.D., the Great Hun Emperor Attila passed through Büyükçekmece and taxed Byzantium.
He returned to the European wing of his empire through the Balkans. Afterward, during the siege of Istanbul by the Avars, another important Turkish state, the Büyükçekmece region assumed the role of a strategic headquarters and became the location where the foundations of the siege were laid.
The first Ottoman traces in the region coincide with the end of the 1300s. The Turks, who quickly conquered the Balkans and the Thrace region before the conquest, entered the Byzantine delta and started to establish military bases near Büyükçekmece. After the conquest, Büyükçekmece was used for activities such as hunting rather than residential use.
Towards the end of the 1800s, it was connected to Çatalca, one of the important sanjaks of Istanbul, as a district. Büyükçekmece was administered as a sub-unit, a parish when Çatalca was declared a district in 1926. Within the framework of the legal regulations made in 1987, it left Çatalca and obtained the status of a district. Büyükçekmece is still among the biggest districts of Istanbul today.
Places to Visit in Büyükçekmece
It is located in a location that is abstract from the noise and crowd of the city, in a location of Istanbul opening to Thrace. Büyükçekmece district stands out, especially with its natural beauties. Especially Büyükçekmece Lake is one of the most frequently visited spots with its recreation areas and viewing points.
Büyükçekmece Lake is one of the most natural touristic spots in Istanbul. In addition to all these, it is also home to important entertainment centers such as Aqua Marine. Büyükçekmece is very important for water sports and recreational activities.
Likewise, Sancaklar Mosque, which stands out with its unique architecture and modern appearance, is within the borders of Büyükçekmece. This is one of the areas where tourists are most interested.
Food & Beverage Places and Restaurants in Büyükçekmece
It is possible to come across influences from both Anatolian cuisine and Balkan cuisine among eating and drinking places in Büyükçekmece. It is especially popular with breakfast places in locations such as Mimaroba.
Kebab houses, tantuni and fish restaurants can be found easily within the borders of Büyükçekmece. Likewise, eating and drinking places that focus on the Mediterranean and the Black Sea cuisine are also within the boundaries of the district.
The Black Sea Cuisine
Coffee Houses and Patisseries
International Cuisine and Luxury Restaurants
Kebab Houses and Tantuni Sellers