Historical Houses of Old Istanbul

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Istanbul is a continuously developing city with new and modern buildings. In addition, the tissue is intact. It is a city that houses the neighborhoods where the historical houses exist and hosts the new and the old at the same time. The highlights of the old Istanbul with its characteristic historical houses are;


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Balat is a combination of churches, synagogues and mosques. Balat is located close to the historical peninsula. Balat is an old Jewish neighborhood. Besides its historical and cultural structure, it is one of the most visited places with its colorful, original renovated houses. It has streets with special photo shoots. Especially Stairs Hill is the most popular point of the neighborhood. Balat houses, wooden houses with characteristic architectural structure, two-winged doors and vivid colors of the old Istanbul is one of the first places that come to mind.


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Kuzguncuk is a district of Uskudar. It has hosted people of different faiths and nationalities like Balat. It is a multicultural place. It is a charming neighborhood where Turkish serials and movies were also shot in the past. Old Istanbul houses with traces of 19th century Ottoman period can be seen. It is a region that attracts visitors with its architecture, Bosphorus view and warm and friendly atmosphere. Some of the historical buildings are used as bookstores and cafes.

Yel değirmeni (which means Windmill)

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Yeldeğirmeni is a 10-minute walk from Kadıkoy Rıhtım street and ferry piers. Yeldeğirmeni is a peaceful Kadıkoy neighborhood that maintains the culture of the neighborhood and houses old Istanbul houses. Yeldeğirmeni takes its name from the mills built to meet the flour needs in the era of 1 Abdulhamit. The region attracted attention with the buildings of German architects who came to build Haydarpasa train station in the early 1900s and became popular in recent years. Yeldeğirmeni, one of the oldest settlements in Istanbul and considered to be the first apartment district, has art workshops and cafes today. The historical houses in Valpreda Italian Apartment and Ayrılıkçeşmesi street are important examples of old Istanbul houses.


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Galata is a commercial center during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. It carries traces from many nations and is still a cultural center today. As a commercial center of Galata, since the mid-19th century, the population has concentrated in this area and high-rise buildings have become widespread. Galata has more Western-style houses designed by architects of different nationalities. One of the most popular apartments is the Dogan Apartments, built in the late 1800s with Italian architectural style. This apartment is still in great demand today and has been home to many celebrities and artists.

Sultanahmet- Sogukcesme Street

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Sogukcesme is a historical and closed traffic street between Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum. The back side of Soğukçeşme houses faces the walls of Topkapı Palace and is lined up on one side. Looking towards Hagia Sophia. Two or three storey wooden and colorful historic houses were restored in the 1980s. As it is a pedestrian street, it has been able to preserve its historical texture.

Fatih- Samatya 

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Samatya is one of the oldest settlements where once Turkish, Armenian, Greek and Jewish peoples lived together. Wooden mansions and houses are still standing. It continues to carry the traces of Old Istanbul to the present day. Especially Samatya square and its vicinity is the most popular point of the neighborhood. This district, where many series and films have been shot, attracts attention with its meat and fish restaurants and taverns.

Sarıyer- Yenikoy 

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Yenikoy, which was built by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, is a special Istanbul district where rich non-Muslims lived in the 18th and 19th centuries with its mansions and old houses. Yenikoy on the shores of the Bosphorus is still home to an elite group of mansions. One of the famous mansions in Yenikoy, Sait Halim Pasha Mansion is used today for weddings and invitations.


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It is located on the edge of the Bosphorus in Üsküdar. Cengelkoy, which developed with the Tulip Era during the Ottoman period, is one of the places where the Ottoman Sultans spent time hunting. Besides, it has been the living space of statesmen. At the end of the 18th century, it is known that the Armenians settled intensively and built mansions on the coasts of Cengelkoy. After the 19th century, the Armenian population decreased and the Turkish people settled.

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