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Old Moda Sea Club

Map shows the lcoation of the Old Moda Sea Club

The Old Moda Sea Club, now sadly abandoned, was established in 1935 by order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.

When Ataturk visited Moda in the early 20th Century, he greatly admired the local yacht club which European settlers had established in the area. He instructed the opening of this private sea club in the hope that local citizens could live to the high standards set by these wealthy families, and the the club opened its doors on 8 April 1935.

In the year after its establishment, Ataturk selected this site for his meeting with Edward VIII, who visited Istanbul with Wallis Simpson shortly before he abdicated the throne to marry her.

For visitors the old building is a reminder of Ataturk's hopes for Turkey and a way into the fascinating history of the country's republican revolution.


The Old Moda Sea Club was established by order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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