A Tour around the Byzantine Cistern

Cibali Tobacco Factory Appearing in the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century for the first time, tobacco production has been monopolized by individuals and different groups through different eras. This beautiful building was built by Hovsep Aznavur and Alexandre Vallaury, and it was owned by a French corporation for processing tobacco and manufacturing cigarettes. Cigars,…

“I am neither inside time, nor completely outside of it…”

Procession Kiosk – Gulhane A wooden building built in Fatih the Conqueror’s reign commenced a new tradition: Sultans would come and watch the processions from this building. The Procession Kiosk is the only Topkapı Palace building that faces the streets of İstanbul. Located on one of the city’s oldest avenues, Alemdar Avenue, the building also…

Holy Trinity in Beyoglu

Three Altar (Surp Yerrortutyun) Armenian Church – Beyoglu In the 16th century, priests from the Austrian Empire buy land on today’s Beyoglu and build a church. After this church burns down in 1762, a new cathedral is built in 1802 for servicing the entire Latin population in the Ottoman Constantinople. Another fire in 1831 damages…

Bills, Bills, Bills

Darphane – Besiktas The amount of security in this building! Of course it is necessary: Darphane is the Turkish Republic’s bank note printing press and this is where gold merchants line up to buy their gold. Years ago (during the UN-Habitat meeting in 1996) Darphane opened its doors for an exhibition about İstanbul in its…

An Ornament of Kadikoy

Moda Pier – Kadikoy A spectacular landmark, once again created by the genius of architect Vedat Tek, Moda pier was completed in 1917. Damaged by a storm in 1937, the pier’s second storey was reconstructed in 2001. Since then this second floor serves as a restaurant managed by Beltur. The pier is located  in Kadikoy, on…