The European Arcade


The European Arcade, also called the Mirrored Arcade because of the mirrors that cover some of its internal surfaces, is located on Meşrutiyet Avenue in the neighborhood of Hüseyin Ağa in Beyoğlu. It was commissioned in 1874 by an Ottoman Armenian named Ohing and built by the architect Domenico Pulgher. The area covered by the European Arcade and the neighboring Cité de Pera used to be occupied by the Naum Theater and the Jardin des Fleurs garden, but they, like many other structures, were destroyed in the great fire of 1870. Shaped like a straight line connecting two busy streets, with internal walls designed to look like external facades, an iron-and-glass atrium, and shops that mostly deal in high-end consumer items, this building is the only one in İstanbul that fits the definition of a well-developed “passage”; it is, furthermore, rather well preserved.


Meşrutiyet Cad. Galatasaray,34435 Beyoğlu - İstanbul