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Getting to know Beyoglu District


Beyoglu is a district on the European side of Istanbul. It is surrounded by Sisli and Kagithane to the northwest, Besiktas and Istanbul Strait to the east, and the Golden Horn to the south and west. However, among the public, the name Beyoglu is used for Istiklal Street and its surroundings, which is one of the important cultural, entertainment, and business centers of the city and connects Galatasaray to Taksim Square.

It is claimed that the name “Beyoglu” used by the Turks originated from the mansion of a brain son in the region. Most of the consulates (former embassies until 1923 when Ankara became the new Turkish capital) are still in this district. Italian, British, German, Greek, Russian, Dutch, and Swedish consulates are important for their history and architecture.

The world-famous Taksim Square and Istiklal Street are located in this district. The literacy rate in the population over the age of 15 in Beyoglu is almost 85 percent.

Beyoglu can be defined as the most Istanbul-smelling district of Istanbul, where the term cosmopolitan comes to life. Istiklal Street and its surrounding streets can be considered the center of not only Beyoglu but also Istanbul. Apart from Istiklal Street, Cumhuriyet, İnönü, and Cihangir Streets are also the places where the commercial and entertainment function is most prominent.


Since Beyoglu is the central district, it is easily accessible. Transportation to the airport is uninterrupted. There is a subway connection between Taksim and Mecidiyekoy of Sisli and 4. Levent. Ferries are operating in the Golden Horn. In Beyoglu sea transportation, ships traveling abroad from Kasımpasa, Haskoy, Sutluce, Kadikoy, Kartal, Bostanci, Adalar, Marmara, Black Sea, Aegean, and Mediterranean ports depart from Karakoy Dock. In addition, the tram can be used for transportation in Beyoglu.

Famous streets such as Istiklal Street, Bankalar Street, Bogazkesen Street, Siraselviler Street, and Yenicarsi Street are located in Beyoglu.


The area of the district is almost 9 km² (3.5 square miles). Beyoglu shares a border of approximately 8 km with the Golden Horn.

There is no cultivated, planted area, forest, and natural resources in this district. The Marmara Region Climate is dominant in the district. Its climate is generally considered to be warm.


Beyoglu first developed as a center of diplomacy, but later on, it turned into a trade center of Istanbul as a result of the increase in foreign trade and economic control and concentration here. The location of entertainment and cultural organizations, as well as trade, made it the focal point of the whole of Istanbul.

Today, there are many important institutions and places within the borders of Beyoglu. Among them; Mimar Sinan University in Findikli, Ataturk Cultural Center in Taksim Square, Northern Sea Area Command in Kasimpasa, Tophane-i Amire (Koc Industry Museum) in Sutluce, Aynalikavak Pavilion, Istanbul Chamber of Industry on Istiklal Street, Yapi Kredi Culture and Publishing, Flower Passage, Fish Bazaar, Aksanat, many cinemas, Muammer Karaca Theater, Tunnel and Tram transportation, Galata Tower in Galata.

Today, Beyoglu is one of the most vibrant and popular districts of Istanbul, where there are large hotels, theaters, cinemas, schools, consulates, foreign cultural centers, and art galleries.

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Historical Places

The names of the most important historical places in Beyoglu district are given below:

Alhambra Theater

Botter Apartment

British Naval Hospital

Central Greek School

Comedy Theater

Concordia Theater

Crystal Theater

Dogan Apartment

Egypt Apartment

Esayan Armenian School

Galata Tower

Galatasaray High School

Galatasaray Turkish Bath

Galileo Galilei Italian High School

Genoese Building

German High School

Getronagan Armenian High School

Grand Hotel de Londres

Italian High School

Karakoy Greek School

Karakoy Palas

Mekteb-i Harbiye

Narmanli Inn

Naum Theater

Notre Dame de Sion French High School

Odeon Theater

Oriental Theater

Papadopulos Apartment

Pera Palace

Saint Benoît French High School

Sainte-Pulchérie French High School

Sankt Georg Austrian High School

Sen Piyer Hani

Serpus Han

Sound Theater

St. Constantine Greek School

Taksim Stadium

Tepebası Theater

Tokatliyan Hotel

Tophane Barracks

Tophane Clock Tower

Tophane Pavilion

Tophane-i Amire

Viscount School

Zapyon Greek School

Zografyon Greek High School


The names of the most important museums in Beyoglu district are given below:

Adam Mickiewicz Museum

Aynalıkavak Pavilion

Cartoon and Humor Museum

Dogancay Museum

Ercument Kalmyk Museum

Galatasaray Museum

International UFO Museum

Jewish Museum of Turkey

Madame Tussauds Museum


Museum of Innocence

Orhan Kemal Museum

Ottoman Bank Museum

Pera Museum

Pera Palas Ataturk Museum Room

Rahmi M.Koc Museum

Turvak Cinema, Theater Museum, and Art Library

Yapi Kredi Vedat Nedim Tor Museum


The names of the most important historic passages in Beyoglu district are given below:

African Passage

Alhambra Passage

Anatolian Passage

Atlas Passage

Aznavur Passage

Beyoglu Passage

Cercle D’Orient Passage

Crespin Passage

D’Andria Passage (Terkos Dead End)

Douzio Passage

European Passage (Mirrored Passage)

Flower Passage (Cite de Pera)

Frederici Passage

French (Nil) Passage (Asmalımescit)

French Passage (Karakoy)

Galatasaray Passage

Halep Passage

Hamson Passage

Hazzopulo (Hacopulo) Passage

Karlmann Passage

Leonardo (Topaloglu) Passage

Lutfullah Pasajı

Olivio Passage

Panayia Passage

Pinto Fresco Passage

Rumeli Passage

Sark Passage (Passage Oriental)

Syrian Passage

Tunnel Passage


The names of the most important mosques in Beyoglu district are given below:

Arab Mosque

Bedrettin Mosque

Bereketzade Ali Efendi Mosque

Bereketzade Madrasa Mosque

Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque

Cavusbasi Mosque

Cihangir Mosque

Corlulu Ali Pasha Mosque

Ebul Fadil Mehmet Efendi Mosque

Ekmekcibası Mosque

Emekyemez Mosque

Firuzaga Mosque

Guzelce Kasimpasa Complex

Haci Mimi Mosque

Handanaga Mosque

Huseyin Aga Mosque

Kamerhatun Mosque

Karabaş Mustafa Aga Mosque

Karakoy Mosque

Kazancı Ali Aga Mosque

Kemankes Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque

Makbul Ibrahim Pasha Mosque

Mihrişah Valide Sultan Mosque

Molla Celebi Mosque

Muhittin Molla Fenari Mosque

Muhyiddin Celebi Mosque

Nusretiye Mosque

Okcu Musa Mosque

Piyalepasa Mosque

Red Minaret Mosque

Sahkulu Mosque

Seferikoz Mosque

Sehsuvar Bey Mosque

Selime Hatun Mosque

Sinan Pasha Mosque

Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque

Sururi Mehmet Efendi Mosque

Taksim Mosque

Tomtom Mehmet Kaptan Mosque

Underground Mosque


The names of the most important churches in Beyoglu district are given below:

Avedaranagan Amena Protestant Armenian Church

Ayias Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church

Ayios Konstantinos – Ayia Eleni Greek Orthodox Church

Ayios Nikolaos Turkish Orthodox Church

Crimean Memorial Anglican Church

Dutch Protestant Church

German Protestant Church

Hagia Triada Greek Orthodox Church

Kefeli Panayia Turkish Orthodox Church

Loannis Prodromos Turkish Orthodox Church

Lutheran Church of Sweden

Odigitria Greek Catholic Church

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Panayia Evangelistria Greek Orthodox Church

Panayia Isodion Greek Orthodox Church

Saint Benoît Latin Catholic Church

Saint Esprit Catholic Church

Saint Louis Catholic Church

Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic Church

Sankt Georg Catholic Lazarist Church

Sant Antonio di Padova Catholic Church

Santa Maria Draperis Church

St. Helenas Anglican Church

Surp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Catholic Church

Surp Harutyun Armenian Orthodox Church

Surp Hisus Pirgic Catholic Armenian Church

Surp Hovhan Armenian Orthodox Church of Vosgeperan

Surp Krikor Lusavoric Armenian Orthodox Church

Surp Stepanos Armenian Orthodox Church

Surp Yerrortutyun Armenian Catholic Church

Surp Yerrortutyun Armenian Orthodox Church

Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church


The names of the most important Synagogues in Beyoglu district are given below:

Ashkenaz Synagogue

Ciksalin Synagogue

Ezger Synagogue

Italian Synagogue (Kal de los Frankos)

Karaim Synagogue

Knesset (Apollon) Synagogue

Maalem Synagogue

Mayor Synagogue

Neve Shalom Synagogue

Or Hodes Synagogue

Parmakkapi Synagogue

Sinyaro Synagogue

Tailors Synagogue

Tofre Begadim Synagogue

Zulfaris (Kal Kados) Synagogue


The names of the most important universities in Beyoglu district are given below:


Fransiz Anadolu Araştirmalari Enstitüsü

Fsmvü Hukuk Fakültesi

Haliç Üniversitesi

İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi

İstanbul Kent Üniversitesi

İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi

İstanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi

Kiev Maup Üniversitesi

Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi

NIT Hollanda Araştirma Enstitüsü

Okan Üniversitesi Beyoğlu Kampüsü

PMYO Taksim Kampüsü

Sabanci Üniversitesi

Türk Eskiçağ Bilimleri Enstitüsü

Health Centers

The names of the most important health centers in Beyoglu district are given below:

A1 Varis Merkezi

Alman Hastanesi

Aura Psikoterapi Sanatla Tedavi ve Eğitim Merkezi

Avusturya Saint George Hastanesi

Aynalıkavak Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Bayındır Taksim Ağız ve Diş Sağlığı Polikliniği

Beyoğlu 1 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu 2 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu 4 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu 5 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu 6 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu 8 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu 10 Nolu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Beyoğlu Göz Eğitim Araştırma Hastanesi

Beyoğlu Göz Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi

Beyoğlu Kuledibi Göz Hastanesi

Beyoğlu Merkez Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Denizcilik Bankası Hastanesi

Dentaxim Ağız ve Diş Sağlığı Polikliniği

Dentclinic Ağız ve Diş Sağlığı Polikliniği

Dolapdere Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Eyestar Lazerle Göz Tedavi Merkezi

Gümüşsuyu Asker Hastanesi

Halıcıoğlu Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Halıcıoğlu Polikliniği ve Endoskopi Ünitesi

İtalyan Hastanesi

Kadımehmet Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Kasımpaşa Asker Hastanesi

Kasımpaşa Küçük Piyale Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Okmeydanı Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi

Okmeydanı Fatih Sultan Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Or-Ahayim Balat Hospital

Özel Avusturya Sen Jorj Hastanesi

Özel Galata Tıp Merkezi

Piripaşa Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Piyale Paşa Ağaçlaraltı Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Sütlüce Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Tophane Aile Sağlığı Merkezi

Yenişehir Aile Sağlığı Merkezi


The names of the neighborhoods of Beyoglu district are given below:

Arap Cami

Asmalı Mescit






Çatma Mescit




Evliya Çelebi









Kadımehmet Efendi

Kalyoncu Kulluğu

Kamer Hatun


Katipmustafa Çelebi

Keçeci Piri

Kemankeş Karamustafapaşa

Kılıçali Paşa


Küçük Piyale




Ömer Avni




Pürtelaş Hasan Efendi


Şehit Muhtar

Sururi Mehmet Efendi



Yahya Kahya


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