Evliya Çelebi describes the place as follows: First of all, all its waterfront mansions are located along the promenade. However, this city has become famous for its 160 gardens, all of which are genuinely similar to the paradise garden, with roses, hyacinths, and other beautiful flowers.
Source: Travel Account, 17th century
-Nurhan Atasoy, Seyit Ali Kahraman
Evliya Çelebi Seyahatnâmesi: Topkapı Sarayı Bağdat 304 Yazmasının transkripsiyonu (Open in Zotero)
Originally published at: Atasoy, Nurhan, and Seyit Ali Kahraman “Beşiktaş Promenade.” Middle East Gardens Traditions. Dumbarton Oaks, December 1, 2014. https://www.doaks.org/resources/middle-east-garden-traditions/catalogue/C98. Archived at: https://perma.cc/5UDZ-R9BM.