The 130-year-old Mysterious Tunnel On Istiklal Street Takes Visitors Back To The Past

During the restoration of Rumeli Han, which was built in 1894 and located on İstiklal Street, the tunnel discovered under the building attracts the attention of visitors.

The inn was built by Sarıcazade Ragıp Pasha, the chief chamberlain of Sultan Abdülhamid II, as one of the inns symbolizing the three continents where the Ottoman Empire spread.

There are rumors that the tunnel allowed nobles and rich people to move secretly between buildings in the past.

During the restoration, the tunnel was placed under protection by the High Council of Monuments and is now planned to be used for cultural and artistic activities.

Rumeli Han has been a meeting point for important artists and politicians in the past and continues to be so today.

Although there are rumors that the tunnel was connected to other inns, this has not been confirmed. The restoration team discovered the tunnel during the excavation work they started to consolidate the foundation of the inn and cleaned it out.

In keeping with the cultural fabric of Beyoğlu, the inn is planned to be used for events such as exhibitions and concerts.

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