Ashes and Dust Now

Tepebasi Theater – Tepebasi The landmark we will talk about this week, Tepebasi Theater, doesn’t exist… At least not since 1971. Today only traceable on the Internet or books on old Istanbul, experts suggest that the theatre was built by the order of Ridvan Pasha around 1890s, and its architect was Hovsep Aznavur. Ridvan Pasha…

Home of the Revolutionist Poet, Home of Capitalism

Saint Pierre Building (Sen Piyer Han) – Karakoy This week we are in a fairy tale. We are feeling pretty lucky to be able to visit Saint Pierre Han (a large commercial building) that is mostly abandoned, and most definitely closed to public. According to records, one of the most famous revolutionist poets of the…

Genoese Heritage

St. Benoit High School and Church – Karakoy This famous school’s background is dated back to Genoese nuns’ decision to open up a school to educate the poor children in 1362. The school was taken over by Italian Benedict monks in 1427, and French Benedict monks in 1450. In 1540, Suleiman the Magnificent gave the…

Middle Ages in Istanbul

Crimean Church – Beyoglu This week we have visited this quite gothic looking Anglican church. While the outside of the church is more impressive then the inside, it is still worth a visit if you can spare the time. The Crimean Church’s congregation is quite un-Crimean: African immigrants from different countries take care of the…