"Barbaros Park" Besiktas District Tip by H-TownJourneyman
Besiktas District, Istanbul: 5 reviews and 8 photos
Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa was a famous Ottoman sea admiral during the early 16th century. For over 40 years he established Turkish naval dominance in the Mediterranean, sacking and taking over many islands and cities along the sea. He was made Governor of Algiers in 1532 after the Ottomans gained control over North Africa from the Spanish & Italians. Until he retired in 1545, Barbaros, or Barbarossa (Redbeard) as he was known in Europe, was one of the most feared seaman in Europe and the Mediterranean. He spent his last days in his private palace in present-day Besiktas, before dying in 1546. Barbaros Park, located along the Bosphorus in Besiktas, is a tribute to one of the Turk's greatest heros. There is a large statue honoring him, along with many canons lining the perimeter of the park. His mausoleum is also located here, right in front of where the busy Barbaros Avenue begins.
Directions: Located in Besiktas, along the Bosphorus
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