Cezayir Sokağı

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The Cezayir Sokağı (also Fransız Sokağı ) is a narrow and steep dead end in the district Beyoğlu from Istanbul . It is behind the Galatasaray High School . Cezayir Sokağı (Algerien Street) is not accessible for cars, has stairs and is home to numerous galleries, cafes and restaurants.


In 2002, the two-year conversion work from Algerian Street to French Street began. Initially, all the houses on the street were purchased. Project manager Mehmet Taşdiken and his brother Atalay worked with the French Cultural Institute in Istanbul. Through this contact, together with the Paris city administration in the new Französische Strasse, the influence of the French on the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century could be remembered. Parisian architects helped procure street stones and the Paris city council had 100-year-old street lamps delivered to Istanbul. In July 2004 the street was finally opened with a four-day festival.

In February 2012 there was u. a. Cafes, restaurants, a documentation center on Beyoğlu, an art gallery, a pastry shop and a book and gift shop. The redesign was based on a marketing concept. After the French National Assembly recognized the Armenian genocide , there was considerable resentment in the media against the French flair. In response to pressure from traders and café operators, the city administration did not remove the "Fransız Sokağı" street signs and stated that the name had never been changed.

Individual evidence

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