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taken in Maltepe in Istanbul....

Maltepe is a district in the suburbs of Istanbul, Turkey between Kadıky and Kartal on the Marmara sea. Its neighbours are Kadıky to the west and Kartal to the east.

In Byzantine times, the area was known as Bryas (Greek: Βρύας), In 837, the emperor Theophilos (r. 829842) erected here a palace in Arab style, inspired by the palaces of the Abbasids in Baghdad. A ruin in nearby Kkyalı has been identified with it.[2]

This coast has been a retreat from the city since Byzantine and Ottoman times, and right up until the 1970s was a rural area peppered with summer homes for wealthy Istanbul residents. Being on the suburban railway line Maltepe was a favourite spot for day-trippers or weekenders to visit the beach and many summer houses were built there. Many of these houses remain but Maltepe is no longer a beach retreat: the Marmara sea is no longer clean enough to swim in, although the sea-front is still pleasant to sit, drink tea and enjoy the views of the Princes Islands.

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