French Prison

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EmEm EmEm
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French Prison Jun 13, 2017
Wandering the streets around the old core of Istanbul, I found myself in front of an unusual building. The French Prison is situated in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, in the Kennedy Cd. just under the Kucuk Ayasofya Mosque.

Upon the concessions which were made to the French by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1535 and inlarged later on, the French were authorised to implement their own laws within Ottoman territories.

A prison had twenty rooms, a dining hall, a kitchen, a bathroom and an inner court for wandering. It was constructed in order to sentence French citizens who commited offences. A prison had a typical floor and gazebo.

The exact date of its construction is unknown, somewhere between 1850 and 1900. Following the abolition of the Capitulations in 1914, the Ottoman Empire confiscated this building together with other buildings owned by foreigners. After the consification, the French Prison was used as Governorate Barns for a long time. Today it functions as a service building Küçük Ayasofya Necip Fazıl Kısakürek Kültür Merkez. It is permanently closed for visitors!
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EmEm says:
I should visit that hotel, too. Thank you for the info.
Posted on: Jun 15, 2017
starship1 says:
Very interesting, and this made me think about the 4 Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet. Seems hard to believe, but it was also a prison at one time. Today it is absolutely exquisite! We only had lunch there but it was so beautiful that I would have been happy just to sleep in its gardens!
Posted on: Jun 15, 2017
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