The Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat building on İstiklal Caddei

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Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat


Towering over Galatasaray Sq, this sleek cultural centre affiliated with a major Turkish bank stages art exhibitions, hosts classical-music concerts, and is home to a research library of books on arts and culture. The light-filled exterior staircase overlooking İstiklal Caddesi is a popular spot for selfies.

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