Moonrise over the Ashkenazi Synagogue

Ashkenazi Synagogue moonrise 350x698The Ashkenazi Synagogue, dating from 1900, is near the Galata Tower in the Karaköy neighborhood of the Beyoğlu district. It is the last remaining synagogue built by Ashkenazim in Istanbul, and is still active.



Here is what it looks like in the daylight, tucked into the neighborhood. Read more about Istanbul’s synagogues here.

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Kamondo Stairs

Kamondo Stairs (1) 300x225 This stairway is found in Karaköy, İstanbul, not far downhill from the Galata Tower. Built in the late 19th Century in the Art Nouveau style, it was funded by the wealthy Kamondo (Camondo) family. A (famous?)  photograph of the stairs was taken in the 1960s by Henri Cartier-Bresson (considered by many to be the “father of modern photojournalism”). Notice the lack of cats on the stairs.

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