Merhaba Misafir

A modernization utopia: Galata and Pera during the late Ottoman era


Following the Ottoman conquest in 1453, Intra Muros Stamboul was adorned with edifices reflecting Ottoman monumental and vernacular architecture. With all the Muslim influence dominating the Historic Peninsula, a different story was taking place just across the Golden Horn. The autonomous Genoese city, Galata, and its extension Pera continued housing Levantine, European, and non-Muslim populations. By the 19th century, due to its cosmopolitan population, architectural fabric, and urban layout, this area has developed into a “typical” European city and accepted as the “modern” face of the Ottoman capital. This paper develops an understanding of the “modernization utopia” of the Ottomans and focuses on the urban implications of this utopia in Galata and Pera. This paper offers a critical, yet, theoretical framework for reading architectural and urban transformations that took place in Beyoğlu, beginning with the declaration of Tanzimat until the Young Turk revolution. The article also discusses the first municipal body that was established at Galata and Pera and presents some of the projects conducted by the Sixth District in urban scale as modernization interventions.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : Aurum Mühendislik Sistemleri ve Mimarlık Dergisi (A-JESA)
  • Yıl : 2019
  • Cilt : 3
  • ISSN : 2564-6397
  • Sayı : 1
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 113-127
  • IO Kayıt No : 109042
  • Yayıncı : Altınbaş Üniversitesi