Bankalar Caddesi

Istanbul, Turkey

Bankalar Caddesi

Bankalar Caddesi (English: Banks Street), alternatively known as Voyvoda Caddesi (English: Voivode Street), located in the historic Galata quarter (present-day Karaköy) within the district of Beyoğlu (Pera) in Istanbul, Turkey, was the financial centre of the Ottoman Empire.

The street is mentioned with the name Voyvoda Yolu (English: Voivode Road) in the 17th century Seyahatnâme of Evliya Çelebi. It was the street where the prominent banks, financial institutions and insurance companies had their headquarters during the Ottoman era, including the Ottoman Central Bank (originally established as the Bank-ı Osmanî in 1856, and later reorganized as the Bank-ı Osmanî-i Şahane in 1863) and the Ottoman Stock Exchange (Dersaadet Tahvilat Borsası, established in 1866.) These buildings are still used as headquarters or branch offices by banks and other financial institutions.

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