Anatolian Passage

Anatolian Passage

Anatolian Passage

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.

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.

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.

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