The most beautiful old Ottoman frame houses
Arnavutköy means” village of the Albanians“ and refers to the fact that this place was originally built by Albanian immigrants. A simple village on the Bosporus only thirty years ago, Arnavutköy is practically part of the center of İstanbul today. Although the quayside, which was built up ten years ago, tarnished some of its charm, it is still the place in İstanbul where the most original Ottoman timber buildings are preserved in a small area. Like some other districts on the Bosporus, Arnavutköy profited from the fact that artists, intellectuals, but also wealthy foreigners discovered the special charm of the old land development, so many houses were saved from collapsing. After the earthquake in 1999, old timber buildings are now in high demand because they are much safer than the new concrete buildings. Take the bus or dolmuş (share taxi) from Beşiktaş.