Kamondo Merdivenleri Istanbul

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Who doesn’t want to go up and down the stairs that smell the history of what then was called Constantinople?

The Kamondo Merdivenleri (Camondo Stairs) are located on Bankalar Street in the Karaköy district, close to the iconic Galata Tower, and stand as a testament to Istanbul’s rich history and architectural glory. These iconic stairs have been a focal point of the area, capturing the attention of locals and visitors alike for generations.

Constructed in the late 19th century, the Kamondo Stairs were built by the Kamondo family, a wealthy and influential authority of Jewish bankers who played an important role in the economic and cultural development of Istanbul during the Ottoman period. The stairs were built to connect the bustling streets of Karaköy to the Kamondo family’s residence located on the hill. It is also said that the stairs were built to save their grandchildren from extra walking on their way to school.

The design of the Kamondo Stairs reflects a harmonious blend of European and Ottoman architectural styles, designed with a fusion of the Neo-Baroque and early Art Nouveau styles. A hidden architecture.

Kamondo Stairs stand not only as a physical structure but also as a symbol of resilience. Despite the passage of time and the challenges of history, they continue to stand proudly, showing the spirit of Istanbul and its ability to embrace the old while welcoming the new.

For those planning a day around Galata and Karaköy, the Kamondo Stairs are a must-see spot.

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Bereketzade, Bankalar Cd. NO:10, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye, Istanbul

Opening Times

24 hours daily
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)