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Seafood restaurants in Kumkapı at night
Seafood restaurants in Kumkapı at night
Location of Fatih in Istanbul
Location of Fatih in Istanbul
Country  Turkey
Province Istanbul
District Fatih
Time zone GMT +2
Area code(s) (+90) 212
View of the Marmara Sea from Kumkapı.

Kumkapı (meaning 'sand gate' in Turkish) is a quarter in Fatih district of Istanbul. It is located along the northern shore of Marmara Sea. Up to recent times, Kumkapı was mostly inhabited by Turkish Armenians, who still have a community school and several churches there. It is also where the seat of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople is located.


In the Byzantine period, the area was known in Greek as Kontoskàlion.


Kumkapı has a station on the suburban railway line Sirkeci-Halkalı and also is easily accessible by sea. The quarter is famous for its many fish restaurants; therefore attracting many local and foreign tourists round the year.

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