"FENER GREEK BOYS HIGH SCHOOL (Megali Scholio)" Fener Tip by balhannah

Fener, Istanbul: 4 reviews and 18 photos

  Fener Greek Boys High School
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  • Fener Greek Boys High School - Istanbul
      Fener Greek Boys High School
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  • The High school - Istanbul
      The High school
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  • From the distance  (borrowed photo - D. Osseman) - Istanbul
      From the distance (borrowed photo - D. Osseman)
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This building (Fener Greek Boys High School) I came across on my ramblings around Fener/Balat. The district of Fener is one of the most ancient in Istanbul.

Referred to locally as the Red School, Fener Greek Boys High School is a much older institution than the building itself, which dates only from 1881. Fener Boys High School specialised in literature and history.
In Ottoman times most of the Greek notables were educated here, including many patriarchs and other officers of the church.
The lobed dome has a high drum and lantern light. In the high ceilinged top storey is an observatory with a telescope.

The school is visible from a considerable distance, and me, being adventurous, decided I had to find it! To reach it is a short but steep walk up the steep winding roads from the southern shore of the Golden Horn.

I had to stop and catch my breath! but I wasn't the only one!
A large, eye-catching building!

LOCATED ON Tevkii Cafer mektebi Street

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 3, 2009
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