Found on the Anatolian shores of the Bosphorus, the Fethipaşa Estate Park begins on a ridge overlooking the straight in the district of Sultantepe and extends to the upper reaches of Kuzguncuk and Paşalimanı. It is known as the area’s oxygen tank.
The grove was named after Tophane Marshall Fethi Ahmet Paşa who served as a governor, ambassador, and minister of state during the reigns of Mahmut I and Abdülhamid I. After Fethi Ahmet Paşa’s death in 1858 the estate was distributed amongst his heirs. It was abandoned to its fate from 1960 to1980 and became unkempt and overgrown. One of the Paşa’s heirs, a lawyer named Şevket Mocan, turned his share over to the Greater Municipality of Istanbul in 1958 and for a while after this it was known as Mocan’s Korusu. Eventually, the rest of the shares of the estate were legally appropriated by the municipality.
The two pavilions on the grounds were restored by the Greater Istanbul Municipality and turned into Sosyal Tesisler (Social Facilities)which were opened to the public in 2003 for all manner of public functions.
The historical building on the grounds, which is today being used as a restaurant and café, was where Cemil Meriç, an important name in Turkish intellectual and cultural life, resided from 1948 to 1960.
Inside the Fethi Paşa Korusu there are two children’s playgrounds, two sports fields, one basketball court and two decorative ponds, all of which offer Istanbul-ites plenty of opportunity to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle.