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Florya


Florya is a neighborhood (Turkish: mahalle) belonging to the Bakırköy district of the greater Istanbul, Turkey. It is located along Marmara Sea, and borders to the northeast the neighborhood of Yeşilköy, to the northwest that of Küçükçekmece. It is one of the high class and rich areas of Istanbul. Florya has a station along the İstanbul-Halkalı Commuter Line.

Atatürk, the founder and the first president of Turkey, used to spend his free time in his Florya Atatürk Marine Mansion by swimming and enjoying the beautiful sandy beach.

Florya's name, according to the Byzantine scholar Michael Psellos, who found it cited in an imperial Chrysobull, comes from the Greek word "Phlorion". It derives possibly by a certain Florus, who lived in this neighborhood during the early Byzantine age.

One part of the neighborhood is also called Şenlikköy.

The Atatürk Marine Mansion, once summer residence of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and a museum today, is located at the shore of Marmara Sea.

Famous sports club Galatasaray SK has the club's training facilities in Florya. Also İstanbul Super Amateur League team Bakirkoyspor plays its home games in Şenlikköy Stadium, which is located in Florya.



  • Janin, Raymond (1964). Constantinople Byzantine (in French) (2 ed.). Paris: Institut Français d'Etudes Byzantines. 
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