Cankurtaran Square

Küçükayasofya (Little Hagia Sophia) Mosque in Cankurtaran was an Orthodox church built during the reign of Justinianus I.
The district consists of narrow streets surrounded by Topkapı Palace, Sultanahmet and Kadırga, and it still sustains its historical patterns. Cankurtaran provides an authentic  background for many movies.


This is the name given to the district that starts where
Sur-i Sultani (part of the surrounding walls) that surrounds Topkapı Palace ends. This name is rumored to have come from one of the stations (tahlisiye) built to help boats that had accidents in the currents at the entrance to the Bosporus.

Ahırkapı is another one of the historical districts of İstanbul. It was named Ahırkapı (the Stable Gate) due to the fact that the stables of  Topkapı Palace were located there. The Byzantine Manganai Palace and the Bukoleon Palace, as well as the outer courtyards and summer palaces of Topkapı Palace were also located here. This district is the most important archaeological site of İstanbul, with the most important remains in the Manganai Palace.

Ahırkapı Lighthouse
This lighthouse was commissioned by Osman III in 1755. It is on the western side of the section of the Bosporus that faces the Marmara Sea. The lighthouse, built in the form of a white tower, was situated on one of the towers of the city walls surrounding İstanbul. It is  40 meters distant from the sea. It helps ships navigate by flashing every six  seconds. It was built following a serious sea accident.

Dedeefendi House
The red Ottoman house on Ahırkapı Avenue was the house of the great master of classical Turkish music, Hammamizade Dede Efendi. The two-floor house was given to Dede Efendi by Mahmut II in return for a composition.  Dede Efendi lived between the years 1778 and 1846. His 250 compositions can be found in archives today. He settled in this humble house on Ahırkapı Avenue after making music in the Ottoman palace for a long time. The house, now a museum, is one of the favorite sites visited by those who appreciate classical Turkish music.

Erol Taş Culture  Center
This is one of the oldest café houses of the district of Cankurtaran. It has been offering service since 1945. The founder of the café house is the late actor Erol Taş. The café that opens when the sun rises in the morning remains open till midnight. Visitors to the districts of Sultanahmet, Cankurtaran, and Küçükayasofya can take a break in this café.

Akbıyık Mosque
This little mosque, located outside the city walls near Ahırkapı in Eminönü, was built in the name of the Sufi poet Akbıyık in the 15th century.  It is known as the closest mosque in the direction of Mecca in İstanbul.

The Old French Jail
The Old French Jail is  located just near the Küçükayasofya Mosque.
It was restored by the municipalities of İstanbul and Eminönü and turned into the Ali Müfit Gürtuna Culture Center.