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“Kuzguncuk”

I love my city where I live with all her historical places, but not with  new trends emerging in architecture.  Istanbul is one of the great historic cities in the world.

Today, I want to take you to a beautiful neighborhood, “Kuzguncuk”. It is one of the  oldest towns in the city.

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Kuzguncuk, “A” point on the map, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

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The word kuzguncuk means “little raven” or “barred window of a prison door” in Turkish. The name is said to have come from a holy person named Kuzgun Baba, who lived in the area during the time of Sultan Mehmet II (Fatih Sultan Mehmet)or from the corruption of a previous name, Kozinitza.

During Byzantine times, this area may have been called Khrysokeramos (Hrisokeramos), meaning “golden tile,” because of a church here with a gilded roof. Around 553, Narses had a church built here dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Jews, who were expelled from  Spain and Portugal, began settling in the Ottoman Empire in the late 15th century.  Kuzguncuk according to the European Jews  was the”last stop before reaching the Holy Land” as it is accepted and for any reason, at least those who can not go to the promised land Kuzguncuk settled there and are known to die that  be buried.

The earliest evidence of Jewish presence in the neighborhood is a tombstone dated 1562.

 

Probably  one of the districts that has not a  police station in Istanbul. In the past there was actually a police station, but it was moved due to low crime statistics.

Kuzguncuk also where the religions meet.

There are currently two synagogues in Kuzguncuk: Bet Yaakov Synagogue (built 1878) and Bet Nissim Synagogue (built in the 1840s).The Nakkaştepe Jewish Cemetery is also in Kuzguncuk.

Churches of Kuzguncuk include Surp Krikor Lusavoriç (Saint Gregory the Illuminator) Armenian Church (first built 1835, rebuilt 1861), Ayios Yorgios (Saint George) Greek Orthodox Church, Ayios Panteleimon (Saint Pantaleon) Greek Orthodox Church, and Ayios Ioannis (Saint John) Greek Orthodox Sanctuary (an ayazma or holy spring).

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There was no mosque in the center of the neighborhood until 1952, when the Kuzguncuk Mosque was built in the courtyard of the Armenian church (with building funds that included donations from the Armenian congregation). The Üryanizade Mosque along the shore on the northern edge of the neighborhood was built as a mescit (small mosque) in 1860.

The place with its historical mansions, churches, synagogues and mosques, cobblestone paved streets, plane trees and vegetable gardens, attracts film makers as a natural film set. Since the shooting of the popular TV comedy series Perihan Abla in the mid 1990s, Kuzguncuk became a favorite film set for several other TV series and commercials. And another one “Ekmek Teknesi” in 2002 – 2005.

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There is a wonderful bookstore. Fascinated me. It is where I always dream… Nail Kitapevi

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There is always activities in this bookstore. This is one of the videos of about writers meeting. The writers, Hakan Bıçakçı, Erlend Loe…

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Kuzguncuk is amazing place, not finished yet, what I want to share with you all. To be continued, also from my camera too. 🙂

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