Artwork of the Week: Kuzguncuk

Kuzguncuk, 1928 - 1940

Kuzguncuk
1928 – 1940
Anonymous
Postcard, 139 x 90 mm 

Originating from Kuzguncuk, which was predominantly inhabited by Jews until the mid-1950s, the aforementioned phrase resonates in our ears: “There are no strangers among us; we are all neighbors.”

Kuzguncuk was the most cosmopolitan settlement among the Bosphorus villages of a certain period. With Turks in minority, Kuzguncuk witnessed harmonious and amicable neighborly relations between Jews, Ottoman-Greeks, Armenians, as well as White Russians and Turks after World War I.

Kuzguncuk has a mosque built in 1952, as well as two synagogues dated to the early XIXth century, along with two Greek Orthodox and one Armenian Gregorian churches.

Renowned Turkish poet Can Yücel, who enjoyed this unparalleled settlement for years, describes Kuzguncuk with the following lines:

“I live in Kuzguncuk,

On the same floor as the seagulls.”

From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul Photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus from the mid XIXth Century to XXth Century: http://bit.ly/AmHldA

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