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Çengelköy is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Çengelköy is located in Istanbul
Çengelköy (Istanbul)
Coordinates: 41°02′57″N 29°03′43″E / 41.0491°N 29.0620°E / 41.0491; 29.0620
Time zoneUTC+3 (TRT)
Postal code
Area code0216

Çengelköy is a neighbourhood in the municipality and district of Üsküdar, Istanbul Province, Turkey.[1] Its population is 13,801 (2022).[2] It is on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus strait, between the neighborhoods of Beylerbeyi and Kuleli. It is mainly a residential district. Many mansions were built there in the Ottoman period. There is a Greek church called Aya Yorgi in the district, which is not used much today. Abdullah Ağa Mansion and Sadullah Pasha Mansion are important mansions in Çengelköy.

From the 6th century, the port of Çengelköy was called Sophianai because of the palace Justin II built nearby for his consort Sophia.[3]

The name Çengelköy means "hook village" and the origin of the name is uncertain. One story put forward is that the village is named after the 19th-century Ottoman admiral Çengeloğlu Tahir Pasha, who had a mosque and waterside mansion built there (there is a Çengeloğlu Street in Çengelköy).[4] Another story derives the name from the Persian word çenkar, "crab," because of the abundance of seafood in the Bosphorus there.[5][6] A 16th-century Ottoman document apparently refers to the place as "Çenger köyü."[7]

Çengelköy is world-famous for the small cucumbers once grown there (now grown in Kandıra).

Opened in 2015, the Mehmet Çakır Cultural and Sports Center, consisting of six indoor swimming pools, is the biggest sports complex on the Anatolian part of Istanbul.[8]

The Vahdettin Pavilion, also known as the Çengelköy Pavilion, an official residence of the Presidency and a state guest house, is situated on a hill in Çengelköy.


The Çengelköy Campus of Tarabya British Schools is located in this neighbourhood.[9]


  1. ^ Mahalle, Turkey Civil Administration Departments Inventory. Retrieved 12 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Address-based population registration system (ADNKS) results dated 31 December 2022, Favorite Reports" (XLS). TÜİK. Retrieved 12 July 2023.
  3. ^ Eyice (1976), pages 55-56.
  4. ^ "İstanbul'un Semtleri: Çengelköy". Retrieved 2024-05-13.
  5. ^ Hürel (2008), page 107.
  6. ^ "İlginç Rivayetlerle İstanbul'un Sonu 'Köy' ile Biten Semt İsimleri Nereden Geliyor?". Onedio (in Turkish). Retrieved 2024-05-13.
  7. ^ Eyice (1976), page 56.
  8. ^ "Anadolu Yakasının En Büyük Spor Merkezi Çengelköy'de" (in Turkish). Üsküdar. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  9. ^ "Contact Us". Tarabya British Schools. Retrieved 2019-07-09.


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