A misty lake in the Belgrade Forest, İstanbul, Turkey

A misty lake in the Belgrade Forest, İstanbul, Turkey

A misty lake in the Belgrade Forest, İstanbul, Turkey.

But why there is a forest in İstanbul named “Belgrade Forest”?

According to common belief, Belgrade Forest was named after a Serbian village that was forcibly relocated to the forest to manage the city’s water supply system during Ottoman times. The people of the village were captives from Suleiman’s (the Magnificent) Serbia campaign. Apparently they were known for being good at that sort of thing, and the sultan decided he’d prefer to have no one but the best looking after his aqueducts and dams. The water from the Belgrade Forest dams ended up along the European Bosporus shore all the way down (you can still see the remnants of the aqueducts in Bahcekoy) before getting terminated in the famous Taksim Square, where it was then distributed further. This is actually how Taksim got its name – “taksim” is Turkish for “distribution”.

A misty lake in the Belgrade Forest, İstanbul, Turkey. But why there is a forest in İstanbul named “Belgrade Forest”?

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