Dear residents and guests,

Welcome to the City of Beşiktaş, the heart of Istanbul.

As Mayor, it is my pleasure to invite you to explore our district and learn more about our community, its government, civic services, economic development, parks and recreational opportunities, and cultural history and amenities.

Despite its small surface area and population, Beşiktaş, ideally located at the junction of arterial roads of Istanbul, features an outstanding district with its vibrant residential neighborhoods, cultural dynamism, an inspiring business climate, and a convenient location to world-class amenities. While the current population is approximately 190.000, it reaches approximately 2 million people in a day in Beşiktaş which has the access roads to the Bridges of Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet interconnecting the European and Anatolian sides of Istanbul and even two continents.

Besiktas is one of the oldest districts and neighborhoods of Istanbul, located on the European side of the city. It is strikingly rich in history. The first settlements had been built in Beşiktaş in the fourth century during Byzantine times. In the Ottoman period, Beşiktaş became one of the most distinguished areas of Istanbul. Since this coast was very attractive to the Ottoman rulers, they built three of four imperial palaces in Beşiktaş. This area maintained its prominence following the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 and became a district in 1930 having experienced rapid growth since then.

The neighborhood gives its name to Turkey's oldest sports club, Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club, founded in 1903. The club's football team is one of the top three in Turkey and has won 13 Turkish Super League titles and participated five times in the UEFA Champions League. The football team wears black and white shirts and is nicknamed the Black Eagles. The fan group who got its name Çarşı from the historic center and downtown of Beşiktaş is the brand name of our district and the most popular fan club in Turkey.

Beşiktaş has the highest quality of life in Istanbul and is known for its preeminent schools including 9 universities, marvellous parks, tourist amenities, historical places, and Bosphorus view residences, hotels, and restaurants. REIDIN chose Beşiktaş as the best A+ district in Turkey in the year 2014. Motivated by inspiring image of our district, we have recently begun to conduct a project for urban renewal in order to make Beşiktaş not only the rising star of Turkey but that of the world as well. Those honors are a reflection of who we are and for what we strive day in and day out.

Whether a resident or visitor, whether living in Beşiktaş and enjoying its many attributes, or planning to choose it as home or business place, I invite everyone to begin their exploration of our district and assure that we definitely have something of interest for all in Beşiktaş.

Dedicated serving all of our citizens and visitors, I am proud to be the mayor of Beşiktaş. Thank you for visiting our website. If you have questions about our community, please feel free to contact our staff.

Very Truly Yours,

Atty. Murat HAZİNEDAR,
Mayor, City of Beşiktaş