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Known by locals as kırmızı kale, or Red Castle, the Phanar Greek Orthodox College is an unforgettable architectural monument that indeed resembles a place for royalty. Its intricate architectural layout in the neo-Gothic style with a dark red, brick-laid exterior was erected between 1881 and 1883...

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A short walk from the bustling Ali Suavi Sokak, referred to by locals as “The Artist’s Square,” Art Sequoia is a newly opened ceramics studio that adds another layer of creativity to this neighborhood. Walking down the street, bright and eccentric ceramic pieces immediately capture your attention and it is impossible not to peek inside to see the hand-crafted personality and details of these objects. Rabia Özdemir Tokat, the owner of Art Sequoia, characterizes her space as a not only a shop but also a workshop space and art gallery. Her motivation for opening the store is to reach people who seek to use art as a form of rehabilitation or therapy, and she invites anyone to participate in one of her ceramics workshop sessions.

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Known by locals as kırmızı kale, or Red Castle, the Phanar Greek Orthodox College is an unforgettable architectural monument that indeed resembles a place for royalty. Its intricate architectural layout in the neo-Gothic style with a dark red, brick-laid exterior was erected between 1881 and 1883...

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