Originally famous for its vineyards this changed in the early 19th century after the introduction of strawberries.
Located north of the popular Kurucesme, Arnavutkoy, which means “Albanian Village” and named after the Albanian builders that were brought here in the 19th century to lay pavements in the city. Although it was once occupied by many Greeks and Jews only a few Greek people remain there today and all the Jews have left.
Waterside houses of ArnavutkoyIt has some lovely wooden houses on the waterside, although little else of interest is there, but if you venture inland you will find some excellent houses stretching up the hillside, some have lovely Art Nouveau features and most date back to the early 20th century.
TavernasInside the village are a few tavernas still run by the existing Greek people living there.
Robert CollegeAbove the beautiful houses on the hillside stands the modern representation of the famous and influential Robert College .
Getting to ArnavutkoyAn irregular ferry service runs from Eminonu and Cengelkoy to the Arnavutkoy landing stage (www.ido.com.tr) or take the 25 series buses from Kabatas or Besiktas or from Taksim Bus Nos. 40, 40T or 42T.
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