Çiçek Pasajı / Flower Passage
İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous and busy street in İstanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.
Çiçek Pasajı/Flower Passage (originally called the Cité de Péra) is a famous historic passage and a popular venue at nighttime for food on İstiklal Avenue. The passage originally started life as a theatre in the 1800’s, then converted into rows of posh shops after a fire.
After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by the local Greek banker Hristaki Zoğrafos Efendi, and architect Kleanthis Zannos designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra or Hristaki Pasajı. Yorgo’nun Meyhanesi (Yorgo’s Winehouse) was the first winehouse to be opened in the passage.
During the Russian revolution of 1917, people fleeing Russia often came to Istanbul and they acquired the new shops, to sell flowers, hence the new name of flower passage or Çiçek Pasaj in Turkish. After the restoration of the building in 1988, it was reopened as a galleria of pubs and restaurants.
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