Istanbul, whose historical roots date back to ancient times, is not only a city famous for its cultural riches, but also attracts attention with the magical stories it hides in every street corner. Narmanlı Inn, which is among the symbolic buildings in this magical city, is one of the unforgettable symbols of Istanbul with its history from past to present and its importance today. Are you ready to discover the story and current role of this magnificent building located on Istiklal Street in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, or better known as Pera district?

The story of Narmanlı Inn dates back to the 19th century. Built in 1831, the building was used as the Embassy of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire’s larger neighbor, until 1880, and then as a Russian prison until 1914. It is one of the important centers of trade in the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul, where the continents met and the East and the West met, was naturally the heart of trade. Narmanlı Inn quickly came to the fore as one of the trade centers of this important period. This building, which belonged to the Narmanlı family after 1914, was used by different owners over time and served different functions. In addition to trade, the inn was also used as a warehouse and residence.

One of the most striking features of Narmanlı Han is its architectural design. The building bears the traces of the Ottoman architectural style of its period. Reflecting the complex and fascinating architectural features of Istanbul, the inn stands out with its wood and stone workmanship. Particularly the wooden details increase the aesthetic value of the inn and show the mastery of the craftsmen of the period with their elegant engravings.

However, Narmanlı Inn is important not only for its architectural features but also for hosting events throughout history. The inn was used as a venue for various diplomatic and political meetings during World War I and the following periods. This historical context made Narmanlı Inn much more than just a building. Witnessing these important periods in Istanbul’s past, the inn tells the history of the city like a book.

Narmanlı Inn, which was used as a base by artists from the first years of the Republic, was known as Narmanlı Yurdu in those years. Many writers and artists, especially Aliye Berger, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar and Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, lived and worked in the building. D Group, founded by five painters, opened its first exhibition in 1933 at the Mimoza hat shop below Narmanlı Yurdu. Jamanak, one of the important publications of the Turkish Armenian press, was headquartered in Narmanlı Han for many years.

At the beginning of February 2011, exploration work began for the restoration of the building, which had not been used for a long time and had been in a worn-out state. The building was resurfaced with restoration work that was approved in 2015 and started in February 2016. In particular, the fact that the inn’s garden was covered with concrete and that there were shops instead of greenery led to intense criticism of the restoration work.

Today, Narmanlı Inn’s importance is seen not only as a historical building but also as a cultural icon. Located in the Pera district of Istanbul, the inn has become a popular attraction for local and foreign tourists. In addition to discovering the history and architectural beauties of the inn, visitors can enjoy their days by visiting the art galleries, restaurants and cafes here. Drawing attention with its role beyond being just a historical and cultural venue, Narmanlı Han also contributes to Istanbul’s vibrant art scene by hosting art and cultural events.

Narmanlı Inn continues its existence as a symbol reflecting the history and culture of Istanbul. This building, which impresses its visitors with both its historical texture and current cultural events, is an important piece that reflects the magical atmosphere and rich past of Istanbul. Narmanlı Han is much more than just a building; It beats in the heart of Istanbul and invites everyone who visits this fascinating city to a journey full of history and culture. If you want to have an unforgettable experience, set out from Aspera Hotel Golden Horn in the Heart of Pera, Where the Continents Meet, and visit this unique historical and cultural place at the entrance of Istiklal Street.