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.
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Vlad Tepes known as Kont Dracula was a Local Romanian Prince during 15th Century.Dracula always being nasty to turkish traders while ruling romania and killind turkish tradersn and people in Romania.Several times Ottoman State wanted to stop him but couldnt.After a while
Ottoman Sultan MEHMED II (Conquerer) send an ambassador to Dracula and wanted to Romania or (Eflak ve Bogdan) (in Turkish at the past time) colony of Ottoman empire.Dracula didnt accept that and Killed the turkish ambassador as made of stakes.Also Romanian calls their prince (VOYVODA) after that happens and when Sultan Mehmed knows that,He send a big army to Romania and Killed the Dracula.for more info http://members.aol.com/johnfranc/drac05.htm
When the ottoman killed him they cut their head and bring it Istanbul and burried his head on This street.Now name of the street is Voyvoda Street.During the Ottoman period that street became finance centre of Ottoman empire.Now there are lotsf of old bank buildings and Central Ottoman Empire bank.Also you can visit Ottoman Bank Museum check the website of the Museum and my photos
A two year renovation begun in 2003 turned a derelict block in Beyoglu into a street plucked directly from the French Riviera. Cezayir (Algeria) Street was reconstructed by a team of mixed French and Turkish architects building on structures originally designed by Marius Michel in the late 19th C, a Frenchman was also designed the docks at Karakoy and Eminonu. The cobbled streets and numerous stairs were done in the French style with street lighting by 100 year old coal gas steet lamps imported from Paris. The concept was brilliant - restaurants and cafes featuring French cuisine, boutiques and galleries, cosmetics culture and entertainment.
Our visit suggested that today most all the bright pastel buildings with French style awnings and furnishings are restaurants with variable specialties emphasizing classic French cuisine but with plenty of Turkish and other international foods available. Boutiques and galleries were either well hidden or long gone. The 29 houses and 43 businesses comprising Fransiz Sokagi are indeed cute. The pastries and press coffee at the Chez Bore, which styles itself as a steak house, were quite good, being enjoyed by an international clientele, and the ambience peaceful compared to much of Istanbul. Certainly this island of tranquil France is worth consideration when in the region of Istiklal Caddesi for decent French food and pastries, but do not expect a lot of boutiques, art, and culture.
The French Street is difficult to find and totally unsuitable for those with physical challenge. The street itself is quite steep and only open at the top of the hill, not the bottom, so that on leaving one must walk up all the steps more easily negotiated downhill on arrival. No ramps, lots of steps, steep slope. And remember this is still Turkey - our server, who in the best traditions of the Grand Bazaar, had relatives who lived near our home, offered an improptu dissertation on the plight of the Kurds.
DIRECTIONS - At the dogleg of Istiklal Caddesi, walk down a long block at the west aspect of the Galatasarasy school to the first corner, make a left after crossing, and look to the right down the narrow alleys until you see the French district. Signage is nonexistent.
And be prepared for a long walk back uphill to the main street.
Used to there was French Post office in this street .now there is dutch consulate visa section entrance and Union Church also French St.Louise chapel and GLAVANI apartman.This is the Building of GLAVANI family.Their roots from france and they were a rich banker family during the late Ottoman Era.Now famous Turkish Cinema writer is living in this buildin GIOVANNI SCOGNAMILLO.
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.
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.
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.
One of the unique point of Istanbul.This street is in BEYOGLU district behind the GALATASARAY COLLEGE.It s a street with stairs.Painted in nice colors and full of pub and restaurant.
Name of the Street is ALGERIA in Turkish.
Nice pubs and bars and cafe-rests.Very relax atmosphere in out side cafes during the summer and spring.But just for sightseen not have cafe or drink.Very expensive.Be careful
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.
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.
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.
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.