Kumkapi (meaning 'sand gate' in Turkish) is part of the
of Istanbul. It is located along the Marmara Sea. Up to recent
times, Kumkapi was mostly inhabited by Armenians, who still have
a community school and several churches there. It is also the
seat of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Byzantine
period, the area was known in Greek as Kontoskàlion.
Kumkapi has a station on the suburban train line Sirkeci-Halkali.
The quarter is famous in Istanbul for its many fish restaurants.