Shopping is re-defined in Levent -the heart of Istanbul. OzdilekPark Istanbul constructed with a technical infrastructure for the comfort of both visitors and the renters consist of 170 distinguished stores, Ozdilek Hypermarket, electronic market, 3200 m2 common terrace area, children’s playing areas, cinemas and foods&beverages area with a capacity of 1500 people.

OzdilekPark Istanbul is located in the Ozdilek Center near the Büyükdere Street Levent which is one of the most important and lively region of the city.

OzdilekPark Istanbul designed according to the comfort, convenience of the guests as well as having a good time, creates the new style of shopping. 170 distinguished stores all of which are located in 5 floors with full daylight can be easily visited thanks to the high roof wide corridors inside. Moreover, ÖzdilekPark İstanbul will be a wellness center where the guest can have joyful hours with their friends and guests thanks to the 3.200 m2 green terrace it has.


Some of the international brands in the shopping center are Adidas, adL, Aldo, Calzedonia, D&R, Elle, English Home, Flormar, Gratis, H&M, Intimissimi, Koton, LC Waikiki, Mango, Mavi, MediaMarkt, Nike, Nine West, Pierre Cardin, Samsung, Skechers, So Chic, Superstep, Sunglass Hut, Suwen, Swatch, Toyzz Shop, Twist, U.S. Polo Assn., Xiaomi, Yves Rocher.

Cafes and Restaurants

Some of the food chains in OzdilekPark Shopping Center are Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Chillbox, CoffeShop Company, Cold Stone, Green Salads, HD İskender, KFC, Köfteci Ramiz, Krispy Kreme, Mado, Mcdonald’s, Midpoint, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s, Robert’s Coffee, Sbarro, Starbucks, Subway, Tavuk Dunyasi.

Date On The Face Of The Day: Godwill Cistern

One of the historical cisterns in our city is the Goodwill Cistern. The cistern, which was built for the purpose of storing water from the Bozdoğan Arch, was completed by the order of the Byzantine Emperor 2. Theodosius.

This cistern has an area size of approximately 45 m x 25 m.

This smaller building, which is smaller than the Basilica Cistern and the Binbirdirek Cistern, both as a column and an area, is approximately 1600 years old and older than these two famous cisterns. It was also known as Constantinus or Theodosius Cistern in the past, but since the 19th century, it is generally called the Goodwill Cistern.

The most striking feature is that this cistern, like the Basilica Cistern, is connected to the Binbirdirek Cistern. No detailed studies have been done on the subject, but more comprehensive studies will be done on this subject.

Those who wish to visit the Goodwill Cistern may prefer any time period between 9 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.

When you examine the structure, one of the first things that come to your mind is how great a civilization lives in Istanbul.

In the Depths of History

One of the magnificent ancient buildings of İstanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern.

The cistern is 140 m long, and 70 m wide, and covers a rectangular area as a giant structure. Accessible with 52-step staircase, the Cistern shelters 336 columns, each of which is 9 m high. Erected at 4.80 m intervals from one another the columns are composed of 12 rows, each has 28 columns. The case-bay of the cistern is conveyed by the columns through arches. Majority of the columns, most of which is understood to have been compiled from the ancient structures and sculpted of various kinds of marbles, is composed of a single part and one of it is composed of two parts. The head of these columns bears different features in parts. 98 of them reflect the Corinthian style and part of them reflect the Dorian style. The cistern has 4.80 m high brick walls, and the floor is covered by bricks, and plastered by a thick layer of brick dust mortar for water tightness. Covering 9,800 sqm area in total, the cistern has an estimated water storage capacity of 100,000 tons.

Medusa Head

Except for couple of the edged and grooved columns of the cistern, the majority of them are shaped like a cylinder. Two Medusa head, which is used as supports under the two columns at the northwest edge of the cistern, is the great work of art from the Roman period. What attracts the most attention from the visitors is that the structure from which the Medusa head has been taken is unknown. The researchers often consider that it has been brought for being used as supports to the column at the time of construction of the cistern. However, this has not prevented myths for the heads of Medusa.


The Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsisi in Turkish) is also known as Spice Market. It’s located just behind the Yeni Mosque at Eminonu neighborhood, at the entrance of the Golden Horn. The Bazaar was originally made of wood in the mid-17th century by the architect Kazim Aga and got its final restorations during mid-forties. The name comes from the fact that Egyptians used to sell their spices here and that it once received income from taxes levied on Egypt. Instead, the English name comes from the days when the Bazaar was specialized in selling spices and herbs, medicinal plants and drugs. Lately, there are also shops selling stuff other than spices but you can still see and smell many interesting spices, dried fruits and nuts, teas, oils and essences, sweets, honeycombs, and aphrodisiacs.

The Spice Market has 86 shops inside. Outside there is a plant market on one side and a food market on the other. There are 6 gates of the L-shaped Bazaar. The ceiling is higher respect to Grand Bazaar, and this is also covered with domes.

The Egyptian Bazaar is open daily between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. except during public or religious holidays. Since 2009 it remains open on Sundays too, between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.