SALT Galata

SALT Galata information

Istanbul , Turkey
Address
Street Bankalar Caddesi 11
Extras Karaköy
Telephone
+90 212 334 2200
Getting there
tram Karaköy
More information
www.saltonline.org/en
Opening hours
noon-8pm Tue-Sat, to 6pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

The descriptor 'cultural centre' is used a lot in İstanbul, but is often a misnomer. Here at SALT Galata it really does apply. Housed in a magnificent 1892 bank building designed by Alexandre Vallaury and cleverly adapted by local architectural firm Mimarlar Tasarım, this cutting-edge institution offers an exhibition space, auditorium, arts research library, cafe and glamorous rooftop restaurant.

Funded by the Garanti Bank, SALT aims to be a centre of learning and debate in the city and hosts regular conferences, lectures and workshops. The building also houses a small Ottoman Bank Museum.