Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Karaköy, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'25.7"N 28°58'30.1"E / 41.023806, 28.975028


Built in 1913, by architect Vasileios Kouremenos, the building was named “Minerva”. Minerva was the Roman goddess whom Romans from the 2nd century BC onwards equated with the Greek goddess Athena. She was the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts and magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.

At the entrance of the building is a bust of a woman wearing a helmet, representing Minerva. A similar bust can be seen outside the fifth floor. There are also statuettes of Cupid (Roman god of desire, affection and erotic love), carrying bowls of fruit, outside the second floor, representing fertility (in this case financial fertility as the building was a bank). In addition to these figurines, on the 5th floor there are reliefs of a pair of snakes, nestled together, symbolizing the field of physics.

The building was built as a Greek Bank with the aim of financial support for Greeks in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. When it was first built, the basement and the first floors were used by the Greek-owned Bank of Athens; then the building was used as an ‘insurance agency’ by different companies, as well as several banks.

Although there are no accurate records, “rumors” state that the first owner of Minerva Han was a rich Greek banker who lived in Istanbul. Karaköy was once the city’s main financial centre, full of handsome bank buildings, and this splendid Islamic eclectic–style building dating from the early 20th century is one of the many impressive buildings along Voyvoda Caddesi (Bankalar Caddesi) dating from this time.


Today, owned by Sabancı University, Minerva Han provides effective on-going communication between prospective university students and their families as well as hosting a number of the University's activities related to public relations, seminars, and conferences because of its proximity to the city's center. Kasa Galeri, located in the basement vault of the Minerva Han, provides opportunities for various art exhibitions and showcases the talents of rising young Turkish artists, as well as international ones.

The sessions will be held at SU Karaköy Bilim ve Kültür Akademisi. Located in one of Istanbul's well-known historical buildings, Minerva Han, in Karakoy, SU Karaköy Bilim ve Kültür Akademisi hosts a number of the University's activities related to public relations, seminars, and conferences because of its proximity to the city's centre.


WEB SITE : SU Karaköy Bilim ve Kültür Akademisi

E-Mail : cumartesiokulu@sabanciuniv.edu
Phone : +90 216 483 9096
Fax : +90 216 483 9005

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Gülhane, Fatih - Istanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'38.5"N 28°58'41.2"E / 41.010694, 28.978111


The building has been originally designed by Gasparo Trajano Fossati, and built between 1841 and 1843. The building was conceived to house the Hospital of the Ministry of War (Bab-ı Seraskeri Hastanesi).

Fossati was a Swiss-Italian architect who had designed the Russian Embassy in Pera/Beyoğlu, and who later conducted the works of restoration in Hagia Sophia. The central building of the university had been established two decades later, between 1867 and 1874, to house the Ministry of War and the General Command. In the last quarter of the nineteenth century,

Following the 1908 Constitutional Revolution, and particularly during the armistice years after the First World War, the building was used as a prison for political prisoners. Later, Fossati’s building was used as the headquarters of the Imperial Guard.


When, during the Republican Era, the building complex of the Ministry of War was transferred to Istanbul University, the Fossati Building was used as part of the Faculty of Medicine. The building was transferred to the Istanbul University Faculty of Political Science in the academic year 1980-1981.

The statue that is located at the entrance hall of the faculty has been designed in the 1980s by Ahad Hüseyni, a sculptor of Iranian origin. It consists of the figure of an old, lonely man holding a globe in the end. The globe symbolizes the difficulties and catastrophes that haunt the world. The face of the figure expresses hope from one side, and hopelessness from the other side.


WEB SITE : Istanbul University Faculty of Political Science

E-Mail : sbf@istanbul.edu.tr
Phone : +90 212 440 0000
Fax : +90 212 440 0203

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Cibali, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'26.3"N 28°57'35.0"E / 41.023972, 28.959722



Behind ancient Byzantine walls stands the oldest part of Istanbul. These ramparts distinguish and define Cibali, the neighborhood where Kadir Has University's main campus is situated. It is only a few meters away from the Haliç, the harbor inlet known to English speakers as "the Golden Horn," since Ottoman times.

Cibali takes its name from the time of the conquest of Istanbul when, according to common belief, a soldier from Bursa named Cebe Ali Bey entered the city by breaking through the rampart doors. Since that time this entryway into the city has been called Ali Bey, and the neighborhood, Cibali.

Located nearby, in the present neighborhood of Unkapanı, was the Zeugma, a port which opened into the city's economic center during the Ottoman era and which continued to be used until the 19th century. Activity around the Zeugma brought liveliness to the surrounding area, but Cibali also benefited from this hustle and bustle: Ottoman warehouses and caulkers along the Haliç shore of Cibali gave witness to the flourishing businesses in that part of the area.

In earlier times Cibali's harbor called the Puteae, or Porto del Pozzo, was lined with warehouses bursting with goods destined for the consumers of Istanbul. The passageways through the Cibali gates were instrumental in getting these goods from the port and into the city. After the conquest the Cibali area started to develop. Cibali became a favorite of sea captains and famous seafarers like Murad Reis, Mustafa Paşa and Kemal Reis all had mansions in the neighborhood.

Two factors link Cibali with Istanbul's identity : fire and tobacco. As Cibali was a trade centre and there were many caulkers using flammable materials in the construction of ships, there were, of course, many fires. If there were northeast winds, these fires, both outside and inside the Haliç walls, represented a clear danger, especially because the city at that time was composed of so many wooden houses.  During this time many of the larger conflagrations were called "Cibali fires".

The Cibali Tobacco Factory, founded in 1884, was an important institution that changed the neighborhood socially and economically. Around the turn of the century its large factory building housed both tobacco processing and cigarette production. There were several reasons for locating such a large factory in this small neighborhood. At that time tobacco customs were collected in that area and many people who supplied the factory's manpower lived nearby.

Indeed, if we look at the many photographs taken during the 1900s that document the life of the factory, the picture is quite remarkable. There were 1500 women and 662 men (a total of 2162 people) working there. The Tekel Cibali Cigarette Factory was, in fact, a small town complete with local police and civil servants, hospitals, a day care centre, grocery stores, schools, a fire department, sport facilities, trade unions, and restaurants.

On March 1, 1925, after forty years of French administration and with the establishment of the republic, the control of the factory passed to the state. For many years the factory processed, stored and sold tobacco. Then in 1995 the factory, most of which by that time had been shut down, was totally abandoned.


In 1997, the Finance Ministry handed the buildings over to Kadir Has University. Dr. Mehmet Alper was appointed architect in charge of restoration and renovation of the factory buildings into a university campus. In March 1998 the work began. Working together with university planners, the architects in charge of the restoration have taken great care to preserve the original character and architectural integrity of the buildings, while at the same time enhancing the space to suit the university's needs. 

Kadir Has University (KHU) was founded in 1997, in Istanbul. The university, with its five faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Communication, Law and Fine Arts, as well as its several vocational schools, is dedicated to becoming a leader in educational and cultural fields in Turkey, as well as establishing itself as an international center for research and scientific development.

Between 1998 and 2002, the Tekel Cibali Cigarette Factory was transformed, by the Kadir Has Foundation, from a warehouse that produced and sold tobacco into an institution of higher learning. After four years of restoration work, Kadir Has University Cibali campus officially opened its doors on February 13, 2002. Now the new KHU campus combines elegant facades, sunny atria, and large, airy interiors with quality education and research facilities.

Thus, the new campus of KHU represents a major step in fulfilling the university's mission of building a future out of the country's past, by establishing in the heart of Istanbul a hub where culture, education and scientific research meet to address the changing needs of Turkey and the world.

The interior of Kadir Has University’s Cibali campus measures over 45,000 square meters, with classrooms, labs, and the university’s central library, in addition to faculties, institutes, the rectorate and deans' offices.

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Law Faculty, Faculty of Communications, Faculty of Art and Design, Faculty of Applied Sciences


WEB SITE : Kadir Has University Cibali Campus

E-Mail : danisma@khas.edu.tr
Phone : +90 212 533 6532
Fax : +90 212 533 6515

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