Historical LandmarkZiraat Bankası Building

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From the second half of  XIX. th century to the on set of XX th century, 
when the first national Turkish has  occured, the samples reflecting the traces 
of Western Architectural Culture have  been built in Karaköy and its 
neighbourhood. Generally, in these civil architectural samples formed by the bank 
and closed-street, the reflections and traces of this style have been given in the 
styles of Neobarok , Neo-Classic, Neo-Gothic, and Eclectic.  
Most important representative of Art Nouveaus Style between those is 
service buildings of İstanbul Karaköy .   

During the late 80'ies I designed a store and head office for the Odeon white goods chain at the ground floor of Casa Botter and vaguely remember the Mosque. My mother worked at the Ziraat Bank. (old Wiener Bank- Verein[1] 1912 building).

Mavi Boncuk |

Karaköy Mosque stood behind the bank building until 1959. Build during the reign of . Abdülhamit the second by the royal architect Raimondo D'Aronco[1] it was dismantled during the massive modernisation that caused many architectural treasures to dissappear. With plans to be transfered to Kınalıada, one of the Princes islands the transport ship listed and lost its unbalanced cargo during the short trip.


One of the marble pices saved is in the courtyard of the Kınalıada Mosque. It's intricately carved ebony mihrab/prayer niche can be seen at 'daki Yahya Kethüda Mosque in Kasımpaşa.

[1]Wiener Bank- Verein. branches in Istanbul and Izmir.

[2] Raimondo Tommaso D’Aronco (1857–1932) was an Italian architect renowned for his building designs in the style of Art Nouveau. He was the chief palace architect to the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II in Istanbul, Turkey for 16 years.
Art Nouveau was first introduced to Istanbul by d'Aronco, and his designs reveal that he drew freely on Byzantine and Ottoman decoration for his inspiration. D'Aronco made creative use of the forms and motifs of Islamic to create modern buildings for the city.


The buildings, which he designed at Yıldız Palace, were European in style. The best known of these are Yildiz Palace pavilions and the Yildiz Ceramic Factory (1893–1907), the Janissary Museum and the Ministry of Agriculture (1898), the fountain of Abdulhamit II (1901), Karakoy Mosque (1903), the mausoleum for the African religious leader Sheikh Zafir (1905–1906), tomb within the cemetery of Fatih Mosque (1905), Cemil Bey House at Kireçburnu (1905), clock tower for the Hamidiye-i Etfal Hospital (1906). Casa Botter (1900–1901), a seven-story workshop and residence building in Istiklal Avenue in Beyoğlu, which he designed for the sultan’s Dutch fashion tailor M. Jean Botter, represents a turning point in D’Aronco’s architecture.



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