Fener

Istanbul, Turkey

By: John Kazaklis

Located just outside the Golden Horn of Istanbul, Turkey is the historic neighborhood of Fener. Its colorful mansions were once inhabited by the city's affluent Greek, Armenian, and Jewish residents that heavily influenced the Ottoman Empire prior to the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Nestled at the top of one of its hills is one of the few remaining Greek educational institutions in the city- the Phanar Greek Orthodox College. Although its former residents are almost all long gone, the architecture is a testament to the neighborhood's former grandeur.