old houses, Istanbul
"Sogukcesme Street is a small street with "historic houses" in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, sandwiched in-between the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
The car-free zone street is named after the fountain situated at its end towards Gulhane Park.
The wooden, two or three-storey Ottoman houses consisting of four to ten rooms date to the 19th to 20th century, and have been restored with the initiative of Celik Gulersoy in 1985-1986.
Called "Ayasofya Konaklari" (Hagia Sophia Mansions), nine of the houses are run as a hostel chain by the Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey (TTOK). The houses are named after the flower shrubs next to them as "Yaseminli Ev" (Jasmine House), "Mor Salkimli Ev" (Wisteria sinensis House), "Hanımeli Ev" (Honeysuckle House) etc. The buildings are decorated in the 19th century style with furniture including such items as beds and consoles, silk curtains, velvet armchairs and gilded mirrors. Most notable guest of the hostel was Queen Sofía of Spain, who stayed in the spring of 2000 for four nights.
The birthplace of Turkey's 6th president Fahri Koruturk (1903–1987) is also situated in this street. One of the houses hosts the library "İstanbul Kitapligi" with over 10,000 books about Istanbul owned by the Celik Gulersoy Foundation.
On one end of the street towards Gulhane Park is a Byzantine cistern, which houses the "Sarnic Restaurant" today.
After visiting the area, u can walk down and reach the Bosphorus or walk up to reach the Sultanahmet area to see more on Historical Sites .... :)
Newly dressed up and detailed with Paris style decorations street is ready for citizens and visitors.
Location: Beyoglu : underneath the tram road theres many tasty small restaurants antique shops expecially antique toy shops are located in this peninsula and I am recommanding to the friends and visitors....
Down the hill from Blue Mosque, towards the sea of Marmara you can visit the home of Dede Efendi, a famous composer of music for the dancing dervishes. His house is a restored turco-ottoman house from the 18th century. There are just a few rooms with little decoration and with wooden ceilings. Sufi music is played in the background.
Dede Efendi worked for the sultan Selim III. After the sultans death, the death of his mother and the death of his son he ended his service at court and wrote his masterpices at home.
Entrance fee is 1 000 000 TL.
Take a walk in the neighbourhood as well.
Move away from the main tourist attractions to discover the surrounding area of Kumkapi and the fish market. Head west from the Blue Mosque, stroll around and get lost in the back streets among the old crumbling Ottoman houses. It is so peaceful around this area, as the bulk of the tourists/visitors rarely move away from the well trodden path and main attractions.
Keep you eye open for the old wooden houses that are being held up by stilts and be amazed that people still live in them. You'll get a taste for the real Istanbul and how it would have felt like 100's of years ago.
I noticed there was a category for 'old houses' so I thought I'd make a tip.
You will certainly see plenty of them if you wander the streets of Cankurtaran, a few minutes' walk seawards from Ayia Sofia.
I have to say they astonished me......their dilapidation, the weird angles at which they stood......and the fact that they were still very much inhabited (and quite a lot had satellite dishes too).
I loved them, to be honest, although I'm not sure I'd love living in them.....
Well worth taking an hour or so just to wander the streets, imo.
In the neighborhood behind the University you can find a quarter with those typical ottoman wooden houses. Many of them are being restored
It traditionally has an upper gallery and an optional stair to the entrance. Many of them have been destroyed in the frequent fires in the past.
“Istanbul is a city of contrasts” – this phrase knows every Russians because of the famous comedy film “Brilliant arm” where a hero told these words and they where repeated many times in the film and in our everyday life… I never thought in far 1960th that would ever see those contrasts with my own eyes…
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 36.37" N 28° 58' 44.92" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Istanbul contrasts.
Edirnekapi is a district located (inconveniently) in Istanbul's western edge near remnants of the old Constantinian Walls, built by Emperor Theodosius II in AD 413.
You should go to Edinekapi to admire the few remaining traditional ottoman wooden houses. There are some more around town, but most are crumbling down, while many in this area have been restored and redecorated.
Fortunately Edinekapi is also where the St.Saviour Church of Chora (Kariye Camii) is located, so you can catch two birds in a bush (and a taxi to get there).
If make a luxus trip with an airconditionned coach, you may not see that...but if you go a little bit further than the touristic areas : this an image that you could see...poor neighborhoods with very old houses, some garbage in the streets and children playing with whatever they find...impressive next to the nice palace and mosques...
"Cite de Syrie" is build by Architecht Mr. Dimitri Bassiliadis in neo classical style and its located on the famous Istiklal Street.
The first flor of the buildings which were build side bye side, was used as shopping area and the flor above the fisrt was built as living quarters.
The passage was connecting the Timoni Street (Gonul Sokak) and Dervis Sokak.
The build was converted to Santral movie house in 1910 and was given the name of Safak “Sunrise” and Cumhuriyet “Rebuplic” Movie House in 1925 and 1928 respectively. It pulled down its curtains with the name of Zafer “Victory” Movie House.
The "Stamboul" newspaper which was published in French between 1875 and 1964 was printed in here.
High ceilings and precious mosaics cover almost all over the building.
A must see visit as you are at Istiklal Street district in Istanbul ... :)
"Galata" was an important trade center between the years of 1267-1453 for the Genoese.
Today The Association building, as the seat of the Chamber of Commerce was made by the Genoese at the beginning of 1300 years. The building is located across from the Chamber of Commerce building, a local board of directors consisting of 24 members where the Genoese Podesta (Public Administration) building. From the Mediterranean to the Genoese in the Aegean Sea, Izmir Foca, Banda Sea of Marmara, Istanbul, Galata, the Black Sea, Amasra, Sinop, Trabzon and the Black Sea, north of the edges of the sea trade centers established in various parts of the Crimea. Galata Galata aim of the Association was established in 1994 to introduce. For this purpose, the Galata Association arranges cultural events, concerts and exhibitions.
From Karakoy, as you walk uphill to the direction of Galata Tower, u will see the ancient building of the Genoese Galata Association ... :)
after walking around the historical places,you might prefer to take breath in a peaceful environment. choose Emirgan forest to take a rest and have a breakfast or lunch across the lake surrounded with colorful flowers.
Ah, don't you just love the dodgy buildings as you stroll the deserted streets on a winter's morning with the frost biting at your fingertips and the cobbled stones imprinting on your shoes checking out the faded colours of an empire in decay. I did.
Yali are wooden summer residences along the banks of Bosphorus & has a symmetrical design; one entrance fronts the sea while the other the land. It usually has a sofa (central room) with wide bay windows fronting the sea. Traditionally, yali are luxurious houses which belonged to the great dignitaries of the Empire. Some of the more distinctive ones are painted in red.
"The Tokatlıyan Hotels", founded by Mıgırdic Tokatlıyan, were two prominent hotels located around Istanbul. The hotels were regarded as luxury hotels where many famed individuals. They are considered among the first European-style hotels to be built in Turkey.
The hotel was eventually passed down to the Serbian businessman Nikolai Medovitch in 1919 and after that to the Turkish businessman İbrahim Gultan, who changed the hotel's name to Konak. By the 1950s, due to lack of maintenance, the hotel was run-down and in a deteriorating state, after which the Uc Horan (Holy Trinity) Armenian Church bought the property and attained ownership.
Today, the building still stands at its original location next to the "Cicek Pasajı".
Its lower floors are used as a hotel, while other rooms are now shops and banks. Many of the upper floors, which replaced the structure’s dome, are now off-limits.