Camondo Stairs

This staircase, built by the Camondo Family in the late 19th Century, is one of my favorite landmarks of Galata’s backstreets. Actually, during the Ottoman Empire this was Istanbul’s Wall Street, with all the major banks headquartered here, but with the Tramvay and Metro systems bypassing Bankalar Caddesi, few tourists and even Turks pass this way.  The Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture in the area are a welcome respite from the modernist concrete apartment buildings that characterize so much of the city.  It’s well worth the short detour from the Galata Tower.

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