Passages of Beyoğlu

Passages of Beyoğlu

Passages of Beyoğlu

These passages, generally located on Istiklal Street, are overflowing with their atmosphere that smells of history. Beyoğlu arcades continue to open their doors to visitors in a wide range of areas, from art galleries to antique shops, cafes and shops.


Hazzopulo Passage

<p>Hazzopulo Passage is among the most original and unique places of Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. As a result of a long passage from Istiklal Street, it opens towards a wide courtyard. Access to Meşrutiyet Street is also provided from this courtyard. The most popular part of Hazzopulo Passage is the courtyard section. Visitors generally prefer to take photos in this area. Spinners, hatmakers, tailors and button makers stationed around the courtyard create a wonderful atmosphere. The passage, which resembles the typical back streets of Beyoğlu, is very popular with its nostalgic shops. It is seen that the professions, which find themselves less space today than in the past, are performed by the old masters here. This gives Hazzopulo Passage a characteristic meaning and depth.</p><p>Hazzopulo Passage is built in Neoclassical style. The left part of the courtyard takes you towards the Panaia Greek Orthodox Church. It is known that this courtyard was full of stones and pebbles when the building was first built. It is possible to see the remains of these, despite all this time. It is seen that the buildings around the passage are mostly two floors. When you enter the venue from Istiklal Street, you will encounter six separate cross vaults. The courtyard can be reached by passing under these vaults. On the Meşrutiyet Street side, there are three cross vaults.</p><p>It was built by Hacopulo, who was among the wealthy of the city during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz. The passage, which was opened in 1871, was used as residences and workplaces in the first period. The lighthouse, which is still in the courtyard today, is inherited from the opening. In the first years, various concerts are also given on the upper floor. Well-known women's underwear stores and the most luxurious shoemakers are located here. On the other hand, the famous İbret newspaper is also published in this passage. In addition, the Young Turks use the place as a meeting place from time to time.</p>

Avrupa Pasajı (Europe Passage)

<html><p class="ql-align-justify">Europe Passage located within the boundaries of Hüseyin Neighborhood of Beyoğlu, one of the most populous districts of Istanbul, has a perfect location at the intersection point of Meşrutiyet Caddesi formerly known as Hamalbaşı Street and Sahne Sokak also known as Tiyatro Street. Europe Passage connecting these two streets is visited by many local and foreign tourists every day due to its proximity to places such as Fish Market and Galatasaray High School.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The construction date of Avrupa Passage, which is also called "Mirrored Passage" due to the large number of mirrors in the passage, dates back to 1874. The European Passage, which was ordered by the Armenian Merchant Onnik Düz to Architect Pulgher to build, has been transformed into a much more modern form today although it was illuminated with gas lamps in the past.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The variety of products and services has been increased as of today by adding watch sellers, florists, fashion houses and piano producers to the passage where only hairdressers, shoemakers, grocery stores, tailors, soap makers, haberdashery and carpet shops were in service in the passage when it was first opened. Moreover, there are antique shops, carpet shops, postcards, porcelains and souvenir shops in Europe Passage, where many products are exhibited as "Istanbul Souvenir".</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The passage is 56 meters long, has 22 shops and generally reflects the neoclassical style. The large sculptures on the upper facades of the European Passage, where Maltese stone known for its fire resistance is used in the construction, is definitely worth seeing. Europe Passage, where a part of the ceiling is covered with windows, is now illuminated by chandeliers hanging from the ceiling instead of gas lamps. Moreover, there are arches between all the shops, whose front faces are completely covered with glass.&nbsp;</p></html>

Aleppo Passage

<p>Beyoğlu district of Istanbul hosts the most special places not only of the city but also of all of Turkey. In this sense, the Aleppo Passage, one of the symbolic structures of Beyoğlu, attracts great attention from local and foreign visitors throughout the year. Reflecting the spirit and unique atmosphere of Beyoğlu, this passage attracts at least as much attention as Aleppo Passage, Atlas Passage or Terkos Passage. Aleppo Passage is located directly opposite Atlas Passage. Intense crowds, almost attacking the street, definitely show interest in the passage.</p><p>The most important aspect that makes Aleppo Passage so special is the historical cinema it contains. Due to the existence of Beyoğlu Cinema, this place is also referred to as Beyoğlu Passage in some sources. When you enter the Aleppo Passage for the first time, silver shops welcome you. Along with these shops, CD shops add an important color to the entrance. When you move a little further, you will come across t-shirt makers, tattoo artists and poster makers making special prints. It is possible to encounter the most beautiful movie posters here. This is not necessarily a place visited with the logic of shopping. Very interesting places and pubs that you can explore on the lower and upper floors of the passage will give you great pleasure. The pubs on the upper floor are especially frequent. Aleppo Passage is one of the oldest and most vibrant passages of the Taksim area.</p><p>The passage, which is seen as a kind of cultural meeting point due to its location on Istiklal Street, dates back to ancient times. In written sources, there is information that the passage was built in 1885. This and similar information is written on the door facing towards the street section. According to rumors, the name of the passage was determined in this way because it was built by someone whose surname was Aleppo at that time. Aleppo Passage also has an important place for Ortaoyunu theater companies.</p>

Suriye Pasajı (Syrian Passage)

<html><p>The Syrian passage is one of the historical passages on Istiklal Street, one of the symbols of the Beyoğlu district on the European side of Istanbul, which is open only to pedestrian traffic. It is located opposite the Russian Consulate General building between Galatasaray High School and the tunnel. It was built by Hasan Halbuni Paşa, an Ottoman citizen of Syrian nationality, and his uncle, who was the president of an important organization in the city. </p><p>Completed in 1908 after nearly eight years of work, the Syrian passage hosted the region's well-known restaurants for over 100 years, as well as housing, offices, cafes, and various shops. The passage, made in neoclassical style, attracts attention with its aesthetic details. It is among the oldest passages in Beyoğlu, and stands out for its size. It also has interesting aspects, for example, it is the first structure in which electricity is connected after the Ottoman palace. Besides, the first cinema in Turkey was opened in the Syrian passage. </p><p>Today, as well as hosting many businesses, various associations are located in the passage. It is a structure of historical value where human circulation is intense.</p></html>

Elhamra Passage

<html><p class="ql-align-justify">Located within the borders of Beyoğlu, Elhamra Passage is located exactly in Asmalımescit Quarter. The fact that this place is connected to a busy street such as İstiklal Caddesi significantly affects the frequency of the visits. According to the information obtained, Elhamra Passage was built in 1920-1922. Said Adapazarlı had great efforts in its construction at that time. There is no definite information about the architect of the building. Nevertheless, the name of Architect Vedat Tek generally comes to the fore. This passage has also been used as an inn for many years. For this reason, it is also referred to as Elhamra Inn in some sources. The Elhamra Movie Theater, one of Turkey's best movie theaters, are among the most important surprises of this structure.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Before the current structure, the Crystal Theater was located in the place of the passage. This famous theater actively continued its activities until 1906. The passage is today shown in the official class of antiquities that should be preserved. No consensus can be reached on the meaning of the name of the passage. The historical venue, which welcomes its visitors with its wide corridor, offers traces of the Ottoman Neoclassical style. The windows in the front facade are arched. The balconies at the end of the second floor have a bay window. Columns in this area are connected by arches. Architectural details similar to the exterior structure are also observed inside the passage. It is known that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk also came to the Elhamra Movie Theater, which is located in this passage, and watched movies from time to time.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">C. Chaplin's famous "Modern Times" was shown in this cinema for the first time at that time. Often times the passage is associated with this private movie theater. For a certain time, the name of this movie theater was changed as Sakarya Cinema; but it served under this name for only eight years. For a period, this place is also considered as the Istanbul Operetta. The building had a serious disaster of fire in 1999.</p></html>

Flower Passage

<p>Çiçek Pasajı was built in 1876 on the land of the Naum Theater, which was destroyed during the Great Beyoğlu Fire in 1870. The passage took its name from both Istiklal Street and Theater Street. After the fire, the land was bought by Hristaki Zografos Efendi, one of the few wealthy people of the time, and a structure consisting of 24 shops and 18 luxury flats was built on it. It was called the Cité de Péra or Hristaki Passage at that time. The ownership of the building changed hands in 1908 and the new owner was Grand Vizier Küçük Said Pasha.</p><p>During the armistice period, many flower shops were opened and thus the passage began to be known as the "Çiçek Pasajı", which is now known as the "Flower Passage". As taverns began to replace the flower shops that had been closed in the passage in the 1940s, it began to attract more customers. In order to meet the increasing customer potential over time, the name Çiçek Pasajı, which has started to contain all taverns and eating places, has turned into a form that has remained as a memory. No maintenance or restoration was carried out until 1988, when the arcade building suddenly collapsed for no reason in 1978 due to neglect. Later, as a result of the works carried out with the municipality and the "Çiçek Pasajı Beautification and Sustenance Association", the restoration and construction works were carried out by adhering to the old structure, and it was put into service again in 2005.</p><p>The building, which has 3 floors with the entrance, is located on a very large area. The main material of the building is stone, its façade is quite spectacular and it has so many interesting features with the lion and human head sculptures on the middle floor. There is one hour in the middle part of the top floor, which is located in the part of the passage facing İstiklal Street. All numerals of the watch are made up of Roman numerals and are currently not working.</p>

Atlas Cinema

<html><p class="ql-align-justify">Historical Atlas Cinema, which is known as the most central point of Istanbul and located in Atlas Passage on World-renowned İstiklal Street, takes its place among the largest and oldest cinemas in the city. The building, which was built by Armenian businessman Agop Köçeyan to be used as a winter house after Istanbul fire in 1870 during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz, was completely made of cast iron and stone.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The ground floor of the historical building, which was built with carcass features, was used as a horse barn in the past and later as a horse acrobat house. The shape of the building had changed over time and was included in the present Atlas Passage. Atlas Cinema, which was given by its owner Agop Köçeyan to Taksim Vosgeperan Armenian Church as a gift, has a capacity of 1,860 people as of today.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Atlas Cinema was opened on 19 February 1948 in Atlas Passage, which underwent a comprehensive restoration in 1932 and turned into an entertainment and art center. Atlas Cinema, which gained popularity from the first moment it opened as one of the biggest cinemas in Beyoğlu with its 350 lodges and a capacity of 1,860 people, was transferred to the Treasury in 1985. There are three different halls for 85, 130 and 500 people in the historical cinema operated by İrfan Atasoy and Türker İnanoğlu.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Atlas Cinema, which has a huge screen just like Emek Cinema, is one of the few cinemas in Istanbul in this sense. The balcony of Atlas Cinema, where the main hall is in the form of an amphitheater, also consists of lodges for 8, 6, 4 and 2 people. It is possible to follow projections at Atlas Cinema, where the sound and seating arrangement has been completely modernized as a result of the restoration it underwent, on the official website.</p></html>

Aznavur Passage

<html><p class="ql-align-justify">The construction date of Aznavur Passage, which is one of the rare examples of "Art Nouveau" style passages that survived from 1900s to the present day, is not known exactly.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Aznavur Passage having a unique location on Rumeli side of the Bosphorus is also close to Istiklal Streey in the Beyoğlu district. Aznavur Passage, which opens to Meşrutiyet Caddesi on one end and Galatasaray Yapı Kredi building on İstiklal Street on the other, has undergone extensive restoration in 1989 and 1993.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Aznavur Passage being a nine-story building in total bears the traces of Italian architecture in general terms. Today, there are also activity areas such as village Cafe, internet cafe, billiard hall, dance hall and painting workshop in the historical passage with cafeterias as well as 28 shops. The passage opens at 07:00 every morning and the outer main door of the passage closes at 01:00 at night. If there is someone or a customer working inside after this time, the passage remains open until morning.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">In 1893, buildings called Cafe Commerce and Cafe de Pera were located in the same place where Aznavur Passage is located today. The architect of Aznavur Passage, which was built after the demolition of these two buildings, is Hovsep Aznavuryan of Armenian origin, the designer of the famous Egyptian Apartment. The name of Aznavur Passage, which was originally designed as a two-storey building but later turned into a nine-storey building, comes from the surname of its architect Hovsep.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The exterior of Aznavur Passage, of which upper floor became a balcony as a result of the restoration it underwent in 1993 in accordance with its original structure, is completely covered with Art Nouveau decorations. It is possible to find all kinds of things you need in the gift shops and clothing stores downstairs.</p></html>

Rumeli Han

<p>The historical Rumeli Han, located on Büyükparmakkapı Street in Beyoğlu, one of the most central places in Istanbul, was built by Sarıca Arif Pasha in 1906 for the Ragıp Pasha family. The inn, which has witnessed many main figures throughout history, hosted many families from the oldest families of Pera to important Ottoman pashas.</p><p>There is Nizam Pide and Hayal Kahvesi at the entrance of Afrika Han, where one of its doors opens to Küçükparmakkapı and the other to Büyükparmakkapı. It is possible to go to the terrace of Afrika Han, one of the most rooted structures of Beyoğlu, where you will be teleported to a different time at every step and witness a magnificent view of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The inn, which consists of three separate blocks in total, spreads over an area of ​​1,93 square meters.</p><p>It can be said that Afrika Han, whose closed area is 8 thousand 200 square meters, has around 95 apartments spread over nine floors, if the basement and ground floors are included. Located in the Pera region, which means "opposite collar" in Greek as a word, Afrika Han also functions as a passage between Küçükparmakkapı and Büyükparmakkapı.</p><p>The Anatolian, Rumelia and African inns in Beyoğlu actually took these names representing the three continents from which the Ottoman Empire spread. The 95 apartments of Afrika Han, built by Ragıp Pasha in the early 20th century, are the best examples of studio apartments today. Famous for bringing Caffe Nero to Turkey in 2006, Işık Keçeci and his wife Mustafa Aşur bought it, but the inn has not yet been restored due to the court process, its doors are still chained.</p><p>After the restoration works, Afrika Han, which is planned to be a shopping center or a hotel, has become one of the most important building blocks of Beyoğlu and all of Istanbul, although it cannot be visited today.</p>

Terkos Pasajı

<html><p>It is possible to find products from all over the world in shops and shopping centers in Istanbul. One of the most important features of the cosmopolitan city is undoubtedly the extraordinary variety offered in this area. Shopping can be done at many different points in İstanbul, but when we consider some price deals, there are major well-known destinations. One of them is Terkos Pasajı. </p><p>Terkos Pasajı which is one of the interesting shopping spots on the European side is located on Terkos Çıkmazı street, close to the famous Istiklal Street of Beyoğlu district. Terkos Pasajı is a place full of shopping opportunities regular visitors of which cannot give up. Because surplus products exported by world-famous brands can be purchased at lower prices according to market conditions. End-of-series and defective products are also offered in a wide variety. </p><p>Although it surprises its new visitors at first glance with its side-by-side stalls and its unique mess, you can adapt to this atmosphere in a short time. It attracts visitors with relatively attractive options.</p></html>

Oriental Passage

<p>Şark Passage was built in the mid-19th century and has witnessed many changes over time. The passage stood out as the trade and cultural center of its period. Today, it is a unique shopping and recreation point that hosts various businesses, from antique shops to bookstores, from cafes and restaurants to handicraft shops.</p><p><br></p><p>The original architecture of the Şark Passage attracts history enthusiasts by reflecting the Istanbul of the period. The engravings on the ceilings of the passage display the aesthetic understanding of the period, giving visitors a virtual time travel. Wandering around the passage is an excellent opportunity to get an impression of the old days of Istanbul.</p><p><br></p><p>The shops inside the passage have various products such as antiques, handmade jewelry, nostalgic items and books. Visitors have the opportunity to shop and buy souvenirs by meeting the unique products of each shop.</p><p><br></p><p>Şark Passage is a travel destination with an unforgettable atmosphere that keeps Beyoğlu's cultural richness and history alive. Visitors can shop from different shops and collect memories with unique products while getting lost in the historical texture of the passage. Şark Passage is a recommended stop for everyone who wants to discover the eclectic spirit of Istanbul.</p>

Aslıhan Passage

<p>Aslıhan Passage is a historical passage built towards the end of the 19th century, reflecting the historical and cultural structure of Istanbul. It attracts attention with its location close to Beyoğlu's lively Istiklal Street. The passage offers its visitors both a historical journey and today's modern shopping experience.</p><p><br></p><p>The shops in the passage preserve the warmth and sincerity of old Istanbul tradesmen. You can find a variety of businesses here, from bookstores to antique shops, from handmade jewelry shops to art galleries. One of the most important features of Aslıhan Passage is that it is especially famous for its second-hand bookstores. This passage, which is a paradise for literature lovers, offers the opportunity to discover rare books and old editions. In addition, the architecture of the passage is dazzling with its elegant decorations and stone workmanship that bear the traces of the Ottoman period.</p><p><br></p><p>Aslıhan Passage is a stop that should not be missed for those who want to experience the history, culture and art of Istanbul together. It is an ideal getaway for both history buffs and city dwellers who want to get away from the stress of daily life. Visiting this historical passage in Beyoğlu gives you the chance to get to know and experience the rich culture of Istanbul more closely.</p>

Anatolian Passage

<p>Anadolu Passage is located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, on the historical Istiklal Street and was built during World War II. It was built by Ragıp Pasha, one of the important figures of the Abdulhamid period. Ragıp Pasha, these three passages on Istiklal Street; He named it Rumelia, Anatolia and African Gateways, these names represent the three continents over which the empire spread. Anadolu Passage was designed as an Italian type masonry building and bears the characteristics of 19th century Ottoman architecture.</p><p><br></p><p>The history of the passage has witnessed various periods. This passage, which was previously famous for its furnishings and dry goods stores, hosted shops that met the furnishing needs of the embassy, such as the Lazzaro Franco store. The oriental beer hall called Brasserie de l'orient, which was run by Niko Valavanis Balabani until the 1930s and became famous for its decoration and the quality of its service, was located here. It was later reopened as Anadolu Beerhouse with a change of owner. This beer hall, where famous writers Peyami Safa, Elif Naci and İbrahim Çallı were among its regulars, witnessed the cultural life of the period. Hacı Salih Restaurant, which has been in the passage since 1985, continues to serve traditional Turkish Cuisine.</p><p><br></p><p>Anatolian Passage is important as a part of the cultural and historical texture of Istanbul with its architectural structure and history. Today, it offers visitors the opportunity to go on a historical and cultural journey by tracing the traces of the past.</p>



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