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Zincirlikuyu Cemetery

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Established  1935
Country  Turkey
Size  0.381 km (94 acres)
Location  Şişli, Istanbul
Type  Public
Zincirlikuyu Cemetery

Owned by  Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Address  Esentepe Mahallesi, Zincirlikuyu Mezarlığı, 34394 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
Owner  Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Burials  Kemal Sunal, Müslüm Gürses, Vehbi Koç, Sadri Alışık
Similar  Gayrettepe, Türkiye İş Bankası Ticari Ba, Denizban Ticari Merkez Ş

The Zincirlikuyu Cemetery (Turkish: Zincirlikuyu Mezarlığı) is a modern burial ground residing on the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. It is administered by the Metropolitan Municipality. Many prominent figures from the world of politics, business, sports and arts rest here.

The cemetery is located on the Büyükdere Avenue in Zincirlikuyu, Şişli district between Esentepe and Levent neighborhoods. It is Istanbul’s first cemetery established in a contemporary structure. Planned in 1935, the burial place reached in the 1950s to its boundaries of today. It has an area of 0.381 km2 (94 acres), which is full, excluding family graves.

A mosque within the cemetery, built and donated by the Turkish entrepreneur İbrahim Bodur, was opened to service on April 2, 2004. The mosque is specially constructed for burial prayers, and has a capacity of 500 people.

The office of the İstanbul Cemeteries Administration is located in the building at the entrance of the cemetery.

Over the gate of the cemetery a verse from the Qur'an reminds "Her canlı ölümü tadacaktır" (English: Every living thing will taste death).

Notable burials

Listed in alphabetical order of family names:

  • Sait Faik Abasıyanık (1906–1954), author
  • Yıldırım Aktuna (1930–2007), psychiatrist and politician
  • Zeki Alasya (1943–2015), actor and film director
  • Sadri Alışık (1925–1995), film actor
  • Cahit Aral (1927–2011), engineer and former government minister
  • Oğuz Aral (1936–2004), political cartoonist
  • Duygu Asena (1946–2006), columnist, best seller author and activist for women’s rights
  • Falih Rıfkı Atay (1894–1971), journalist, writer and politician
  • Turhan Baytop (1920–2002), botanist
  • Ekrem Bora (1934–2012), film actor
  • Behice Boran (1910–1987), Marxist sociologist, politician and author
  • Orhan Boran (1928–2012), comedian, radio and TV host
  • Rıza Tevfik Bölükbaşı (1869–1949), philosopher, poet and politician
  • Erol Büyükburç (1936–2015), pop music singer, composer and actor
  • İhsan Sabri Çağlayangil (1908–1993), politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Senate
  • Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel (1898–1973), poet and politician
  • Belgin Doruk (1936–1995), film actress
  • Nejat Eczacıbaşı (1913–1993), chemist and businessman
  • Şakir Eczacıbaşı (1929–2010), pharmacist, photographer and businessman
  • Çetin Emeç (1935–1990), journalist
  • Refik Erduran (1928–2017), playwright, columnist and writer,
  • Nihat Erim (1912–1980), jurist, politician and Prime minister
  • Muhsin Ertuğrul (1892–1979), actor and director
  • Defne Joy Foster (1975–2011), actress, presenter, VJ
  • Aysel Gürel (1929–2008), actress and lyricist
  • Müslüm Gürses (1953–2013), singer and actor
  • Vahit Melih Halefoğlu (1919–2017), politician and diplomat,
  • Rıfat Ilgaz (1911–1993), poet and story writer,
  • Ayhan Işık (1929–1979), film actor
  • Erdal İnönü (1926–2007), scientist and statesman
  • Abdi İpekçi (1929–1979), journalist and intellectuel
  • İsmail Cem İpekçi (1940–2007), politician, journalist and statesman
  • Remzi Aydın Jöntürk (1936–1987), film director, film producer, screenwriter, painter and poet
  • Feridun Karakaya (1928–2004), comedy actor
  • Refik Halit Karay (1888–1965), writer and journalist,
  • Ömer Kavur (1944–2005), film director, film producer and screenwriter
  • Orhan Kemal (1914–1970), novelist
  • Yaşar Kemal (1923–2015), novelist
  • Ali Kılıç (1889–1971), officer of the Ottoman Army, politician and army officer of the Republic of Turkey
  • Dündar Kılıç (1935–1999), mob boss
  • Lütfi Kırdar (1887–1961), Governor and Mayor of Istanbul, Minister of Health and Social Security
  • Vehbi Koç (1901–1996), entrepreneur and once Turkey’s wealthiest person
  • Mustafa Koç (1960–2016), businessman and chairman of Turkey's largest congloromerate Koç Holding
  • Behçet Necatigil (1916–1979), poet
  • Meral Okay (1959–2012), actress and screenwiter
  • Yaman Okay (1951–1993), actor
  • Ali Fethi Okyar (1880–1943), diplomat, politicani Prime minister and Speaker of the Parliament
  • Vedat Okyar (1945–2009), footballer and sports journalist
  • Gündüz Tekin Onay (1942–2008), footballer and coach of Beşiktaş J.K.
  • Zeki Ökten (1941–2009), film director
  • Coşkun Özarı (1931–2011), footballer and national team coach
  • Attila Özdemiroğlu (1943–2016), composer and arranger.
  • Halit Refiğ (1934–2009), film director, film producer and screenwriter
  • Mehmet Sabancı (1963–2004), businessman
  • Sakıp Sabancı (1933–2004), entrepreneur and Turkey’s second richest man
  • Hasan Saka (1885–1960), politician and Prime minister
  • Şükrü Saracoğlu (1887–1953) Prime minister and president of Fenerbahçe S.K.
  • Türkan Saylan (1935–2009), Prof. Doctor, educator
  • Müzeyyen Senar (1918–2015), Turkish classical music singer
  • Ömer Seyfettin (1884–1920), novelist
  • Sevgi Soysal (1936–1976), female novelist
  • Ruhi Su (1912–1985), folk music singer
  • Kemal Sunal (1944–2000), film actor and comedian
  • Zati Sungur (1898–1984), stage magician
  • Turgay Şeren (1932–2016), goalkeeper and football manager.
  • Naim Talu (1919–1998), economist, banker, politician and Prime minister
  • Safiye Ayla Targan (1907–1998), female singer
  • Abdülhak Hâmid Tarhan (1852–1937), poet and playwright
  • Ahmet Kutsi Tecer (1901–1967), educator, poet and politician
  • Kerim Tekin (1975–1998), pop singer and actor
  • Talat Tunçalp (1915–2017), Olympian road cyclist,
  • Selçuk Uluergüven (1941–2014), theatre, film and television series actor
  • Nejat Uygur (1927–2013), actor, comedian
  • Hakkı Yeten (1910–1989), footballer and coach of Beşiktaş J.K.
  • References

    Zincirlikuyu Cemetery Wikipedia