Sogukcesme Street

Sogukçeşme Street This is the street where historical İstanbul houses can be found. These wooden houses with bay and framed windows were built with two or three floors and eight to ten rooms and date back to the 18th century. Some houses were becoming derelict because of lack of maintenance and turned into ruins during the 1960's. Nine buildings restored by the Turing Institute in 1985-86 were turned into guest houses. The Roman Cistern was also restored and used as a tavern. The houses got their names from surrounding flowers such as jasmine and honeysuckle. One of the houses is currently being used as the İstanbul Library.


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