Phanar Greek Orthodox College
Church of St Mary of the Mongols
Consecrated in the 13th century and saved from conversion into a mosque by the personal decree of Mehmet the Conqueror, this is the only...
Patriarchal Church of St George
Dating from 1836, this church is part of the Greek Patriarchate compound. Inside the church are artefacts including Byzantine mosaics,...
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is the symbolic headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church, and one of the most significant...
In a bright and informal space dominated by a long kitchen table, Forno serves delicious pide, pizza and lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza)....
Sancaktar Caddesi · interesting places nearby
Phanar Greek Orthodox College information
Rising Hogwarts-like from the urban jumble, this Fener landmark, known locally as 'kırmızı kale ' (the red castle), for its castellated red-brick facade, still functions as a Greek school. A small student body of some 50 pupils studies here. Built in the early 1880s, it was designed by Ottoman Greek architect Konstantinos Dimadis, who is known for his European chateaux. The institution within predates the Ottoman arrival in Constantinople, making it Turkey's oldest educational body.
For more information on the college and the area's many intriguing piles, pick up a copy of tour guide Ahmet Faik Ozbilge's fascinating historical tome, Nooks and Crannies of Old Istanbul: Fener, Balat, Ayvansaray.