FROM TATAVLA TO KURTULUS
 
Tatavla -a brief history | Churches of Tatavla | The AYAZMAS (Spring of water regarded as sacred by Orthodox Greeks) | Fountains and Hamam | Educational Buildings | Social Events and Daily Life
FROM TATAVLA TO KURTULUS
Virtual Museum of Architecture focuses on a special part of Istanbul in its new exhibition. The exhibition "From Tatavla to Kurtulus", sponsored by 'Doga Gayrimenkul', tells the story of Kurtulus neighbourhood in a historical perspective.
Advisor Orhan Turker Photos Metehan Ozcan Prepared by Neslihan SIK Glosset
Tatavla -a brief history

The district of Tatavla, or Kurtuluş by its present name, is located on one of the high hills near to Istanbul’s Beyoğlu and has spread out over its foothills. In other words, it is a hill between Taksim hill and Okmeydanı hill and is a hill that is separated off by a valley that is deeper than those of the other tw... more...
Churches of Tatavla

AYIOS DIMITRIOS CHURCH

It is located in the present day Kurtuluş Square at the end stop. The story goes that after the conquest of Istanbul, when a little church called Ayios Dimitrios in Kasımpaşa was converted into a mosque, the Ayios Dimitrios icon it contained was moved to Ayios Athanasios church on th...
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The AYAZMAS (Spring of water regarded as sacred by Orthodox Greeks)

The AYAZMAS (Spring of water regarded as sacred by Orthodox Greeks)

Ayios Athanasios Ayazma is probably the oldest water fountain in Tatavla. It is situated below the church of the same name.

The Ayios Haralambos Ayazma located in the garden of Ayios Dimitrios church has survived to our time. <...
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Fountains and Hamam

FOUNTAINS

In Tatavla, as in every borough of Istanbul throughout history, street fountains connected to the Taksim water network were built in various periods. One of the largest and most grandiose of these was the fountain right in the middle of Old Tatavla, Çeşme Square, or Sefa Square, as it is now known...
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Educational Buildings

KURTULUŞ RUM PRIMARY SCHOOL

The present day Kurtuluş Rum primary school was constructed in 1886 with three storeys and nine classrooms as the Tatavla Boys School near to Ayios Dimitrios Church on the road leading to the present day Sefa Square and opened on 31st May 1887. In the currency of the time the ex...
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Social Events and Daily Life

TATAVLA CARNIVAL

Every year in Tatavla before the 'big fast’, traditional carnival entertainments were organised. Although such carnivals also took place in Galata and Pera, the first carnival that came to mind in association with Istanbul was Tatavla. In the festivities that the Rum called 'Apokria' that ...
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