Beyoglu District, Istanbul

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  • Close-up of the Ottoman façade
    Close-up of the Ottoman façade
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    Park on the avenue
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  • Ottoman façade across from Dolmabahçe
    Ottoman façade across from Dolmabahçe
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    Pera

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    The old district of Pera gave place to the modern Beyoglu, with the inevitable Istiklal Caddesi, dominating the area. However, a few signs of the classical quarter do remain, showing the Ottoman architecture.

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    Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi

    by mikey_e Written Dec 8, 2012

    This particular avenue does not hold much historical significance, except for the fact that is the main thoroughfare along the Bosphorus that leads to Galata Bridge, and that thus passes the Dolmabahçe complex, the Kiliç Ali Pasha complex and a variety of other sites of historical interest. Along it, however, you will find a variety of small parks and remnants of Ottoman architecture. While it is probably too far to comfortably walk all the way to Galata Bridge, it is still worthwhile to spend a bit of time ambling up this thoroughfare: the pictures you get will be the reward.

    Park on the avenue Ottoman caf�� on the avenue Tree-lined walkways Ottoman fa��ade across from Dolmabah��e Close-up of the Ottoman fa��ade

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    Beyoglu Municipal Hall

    by mikey_e Written Dec 7, 2012

    The Beyoglu Municipal Office caught my eye because of its prominent placement at the end of Istiklal Caddesi and its position, perched at the top of a hill above bifurcating streets. There’s not much else to the building, except of course its neo-Classical design, which also makes it a nice subject for a few pictures of this part of the city.

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    other buildings at Beyoglu

    by mindcrime Written May 11, 2011

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    Beyoglu was always the place where the non turks were living. It’s located on a hill north of Golden Horn. First, people for Genoa settled here and later jews (during the Otoman period), arabs and Greeks. Most of the European kingdoms had ambassadors here since the 16th century but of course you can still embassies in our days.

    The area houses many interesting embassy buildings, especially those on Istiklal are very nice but the heavy front gates didn’t allow me to take proper pictures. If you walk a bit way you may see the British Consulate (pic 4), and not far from there the historical Pera Palas Hotel (pic 5, Mesrutiyet Cad 98) that was built in 1892 and hosted many famous people, especially those who were coming with the legendary Orient Express including Agatha Christie.

    Galata Mevlevihanesi Muzesi, is a small interesting museum where you can watch sufi dance some days but unfortunately it was closed for restoration in 2011 so I will check it next time

    Istiklal street isn’t just shopping and eating, you can see many religious places too, a mosque near Taksim square, an Armenian church located on a side street, some other small churches (pic 1) and some bigger ones like the catholic church of St Antony of Padua(pic 2), the biggest catholic church in Istanbul that was built in 1912 in neo-gothic style. It is usually full of visitors due to its location while the orthodox people use the small Panagia church at the other side of Istiklal.

    Near the Tunel we saw Saint Mary Draperis church (pic 3, Istiklal Cad No. 215), It’s a Franciscan church that was built by architect Semprini at the end of 19th century (in 1871) after the big fire in Beyoglu. It supposed to house a miracle icon of Virgin Mary. The original church was actually at Galata Mum Hane but burnt down in 1584 untill madame Clara Bratola Draperis donated another building to be build again but new fires destroyed it again! Many fires followed the church at its current location until Sultan Abdlihamit II gave permission to be renovated and rebuild again.

    church at Beyoglu catholic church of St Antony of Padua Saint Mary Draperis church British Consulate Pera Palas Hotel
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    Tophane Kasrı

    by MM212 Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    This European style pavilion was built in 1852 by Sultan Abdülmecid. He employed a British architect, William James Smith, to design this palace which was to house important foreign visitors. The palace earned its name from the cannon foundry in this neighbourhood (tophane = cannon foundry), but is now used by Mimar Sinan University and is closed to the public. The palace is located near Nusretiye Mosque.

    Tophane Kasrı - Aug 04
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    Tophane-i Amire

    by MM212 Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    Built in 1451, Tophane-i Amire was a cannon foundry that gave this neighbourhood its name. The structure is striking because of its multiple domes and small turrets. Although the building is still owned by the military, it is sometimes used as a cultural and arts centre. It is located across from the Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque and has great views over it.

    Domes & Turrets - Aug 04 Tophane-i Amire - Aug 04 Kılı�� Ali Paşa Mosque seen from a w
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    Kılıç Ali Paşa Camii

    by MM212 Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    Kılıç Ali Paşa Camii (pronounced "Kilitsh Ali Pasha Djamee") was designed by the great imperial architect Sinan for Kılıç Ali Paşa, an admiral in the Ottoman navy. The mosque was built in 1581 as part of a complex which also contains a hammam, a medrese (religious school) and a cemetery. The mosque is located in Tophane district of Beyoğlu, near Karaköy.

    Kılı�� Ali Paşa Mosque - Aug 04 Domes of Kılı�� Ali Paşa Mosque - Au Full view of Kılı�� Ali Paşa Mosque Architectural Details - Aug 04 The Ablution Fountain - Aug 04
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    Sinan Paşa Camii

    by MM212 Updated Feb 22, 2010

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    Although built by Mimar Sinan, the famous imperial architect, this mosque was named after the Ottoman admiral Sinan Paşa. It is one of the architect's earlier works, completed in 1555. The alternating red and white stripes are reminiscent of Mamluke-period architecture in Cairo and Damascus. Sinan Paşa Camii is located in Beyoğlu, close to Dolmabahçe Palace.

    Sinan Paşa Camii (Aug 2004) Courtyard - Jan 2010 Interior of Sinan Paşa Camii - Jan 2010 Domes and decorations - Jan 2010 Minbar decorations - Jan 2010
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    Eat mezes and fish in Nevizade

    by dano415 Written Jul 16, 2008

    There are many tasty foods to be found in Istanbul, with flavors ranging from Arabic countries to Aegean and Greek to Ottoman era to the Black Sea regions. One of my favorite things to do is get together a bunch of friends and go to eat fish and mezes (tapas/small plates) out in Nevizade.

    Frequently the meals are accompanied by strange music called fasil, at places called meyhanes. Anyway, A trip down Nevizade street near the fish market will amaze you. There are pubs and street sellers and terrace roofs and music all around.

    Explore, and I am sure you will find adventure.

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    THE TOMB OF FOUNDER OF GALATASARAY COLLEGE

    by neodue Written Jun 6, 2008

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    That means the tomb of GUL BABA.I tell you the story.During 1500's Beyoglu was a hunting area with trees and big empty spaces.One day SULTAN BAYAZID II while hunting he lost his direction and it was raining like cats and dogs.

    The saw a small cottage in rosa garden.Area was smelling very beautiful.The Sultan and his friends knocekd the door and Gul Baba (The father of Rose) opened the door and started to chat.Gul baba said he likes very much roses and like yellow and red roses .While Sultan was leaving his cottage The Father of Rose gave the Sultan 2 roses.One is red rose and the other one is yellow rose.

    After while Sultan Bayazid has ordered a school (GALATASARAY-I ENDERUNU) and color of the school become the feature GALATASARAY SPORT CLUB official colors.

    School opened in 1500's but ýt s opened colege style in 1800's.

    GRAVE STONE OF GUL BABA STREET OF THE GUL BABA TOMB TURKISH IN LATIN LETTERS OTTOMAN  TURKISH LANGUAGE ARABIC SCRIPTS PARK OF GUL BABA

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    CITE DE SYRIE

    by neodue Written Mar 27, 2008

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    this a 19th century style neo classical PLAZA of BEYOGLU.In that period Architectssigns on a plaque and put it on the face of building.you can see the date and the name of the Architect.
    It was like Ottoman Buildings.We call KITABE inscription.now we walk in this Passage and building.

    Most importan thing in this buýlding still there is greek newspaper printing.400 total circulation.
    APOYEVMATINI.EVENING news paper in Greek.

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    Explore Beyoglu's backstreets

    by maykal Updated Feb 8, 2006

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    Beyoglu is not just Istiklal Caddesi. From this main artery lead a thousand and one backstreets, each with its own character. At the Taksim end, most of the sidestreets are full of bars, cafes, cheap eateries and clubs, some seedy, some not. Buyukparmakkapi Sokagi (or was it Kucukparmakkapi? Turn left by McDonalds anyway...) has my favourite nargile cafe, the Kafeka, popular with tourists and locals alike. Further on, the Atlas Sinema has a cafe serving all manner of strange teas, a good place to spend an evening playing backgammon. Take any street off to the left and keep going...soon you'll be lost among the wooden houses and antique shops of Cihangir and Cukurcuma. On the right, Cicek Pasaji is an ornate arcade full of expensive touristy restaurants. Go in and have a look at the building, but for eating, continue through the adjacent Balik Pazari (fish market) and take a right turn into Nevizade Sokak, a raucous alley jammed full of meze restaurants, gypsy bands and streetside bars.

    Just after the bend in Istiklal, look for a tiny hidden alleyway on your right, passing some terribly kitschy shops...it will bring you to a picturesque courtyard full of "alternative" shops and home to a great cafe in the middle. On the other side of the courtyard, a gate leads to the road, and you come face to face with the British consulate, which was bombed a few years ago; still being reconstructed, it has recovered well. Not too far away is the famous Pera Palas Otel, a favourite of Ataturk and Agatha Christie, while Hemingway preferred the nearby eccentric Buyuk Londra Otel.

    Further on, you reach the arty Asmalimescit quarter, once shappy backstreets now boasting small art galleries, bookshops and cafes, as well as a few top restaurants. With a bit of luck, you'll arrive at Tunel, where you can take the train down to Karakoy.

    (See also Warnings and Dangers)

    A hidden courtyard near the British Consulate Hidden courtyard, Beyoglu
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    Beyoglu

    by ophiro Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    The area between Galata bridge and Taksim square is called Beyoglu and you can enjoy a lot of pubs , reataurants , shops and a lot of local people together with tourists all the time.

    The main attractions there are Taksim square , Istiklal street , Galata tower and more.

    Istiklal Street

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    chillout hostel cafe

    by hansplatz Written Feb 11, 2004

    that place is full with nice people, many locals and foreigners are living together in the old building. there is no luxus, only nice people. a mother is the cook in the cafe and is cooking home food, which is cheap and good. the accomodation is cheap and good.

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    Beyoglu

    by Jim_Eliason Updated May 15, 2005

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    "new" part of the city in early Ottoman times. This area of the city has the modern shopping areas and also the later Ottoman Palaces. The main landmark of this area is the Galata tower.

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