During the Byzantine era, the Golden Horn was a perfect natural harbor for trade and communication in the city. Grains, produce, fish...everything was sold on these banks. These days, the tradition carries on in the form of the omnipresent stalls selling fried fish, grilled corn, and vegetables.
During the Ottoman era, the northern shore was an exclusive area of leisure and shopping. From that era, we still have the Analikavak Palace and various Greek mansions scattered among the parks.
Throughout the 20th century, the Golden Horn slowly fell into decay and lost some of its charm.