Kagithane is a district on the European side of Istanbul. Sarıyer surrounds it in the north, Besiktas in the northeast, Sisli in the east and south, Beyoglu in the southwest, and Eyupsultan in the west. The district is home to the Prime Ministry, Ottoman Archive, private universities, and schools.
During the Byzantine period, the name of Kagithane Creek was Barbados. Although there is no exact information, there was a paper mill here during the conquest of Istanbul, and Mehmet II founded this workshop. It is estimated that it had worked until the Bayezid period (1481-1512).
Evliya Celebi tells about the vicinity of Kagithane in the 17th century and suggests that there was a ruined paper mill here. The name of the district and district must have come from this paper mill.
The land structure is rugged and consists of streams and valleys. These areas are used as residential areas now. The central location of Kagithane stands out thanks to the transformation and other real estate projects, as well as the developments in transportation such as the metro, Kagithane, and Dolmabahce tunnels, the 3rd bridge, the 3rd airport, and the three-story tube passage (Great Istanbul Tunnel).
Today, many residential and office projects are implemented in every neighborhood of the district. Kagithane, adjacent to the developed regions of the European Side, is in the north with Ayazaga-Maslak over the Cendere Axis-Seyrantepe with Levent and Sisli in the east. It integrates with Eyup in the western and Beyoglu-Taksim in the south.
In the center of Kagithane, there is the Little Kemal Children Stage and the City Theaters Sadabad Stage within the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Also, cultural centers belong to the district municipality.
Kagithane was a village attached to the Sisli Istanbul, later separated from the Sisli district under Law No: 3392, published in the Official Gazette dated 8 July 1987. And it is established as an independent district.
With the local administration elections held on 26 March 1989, the mayoralty was established. The most prominent neighborhoods, consisting of 19 totally, are Seyrantepe, Hamidiye, Merkez, and Talatpasa.