Located on the Asian side of the city Kuzguncuk, is one of the historical neighborhoods of Istanbul. The neighborhood was the home of many cultures since Byzantine era.
There are many rumors about the origin of the name of the neighborhood. Most famous one is that its name was “Hristokeramos” means “Golden Brick”. According to the rumor Byzantine emperor II. Justine orders a church to be built and its brick was gilding.
According to another rumor from Evliya Celebi; the neighborhood takes its name from a man called “Kuzgun Baba – Father Kuzgun” lived in Fatih The Conqueror era.
Known as a Jewish village during the 17th century and it was the first neighborhood that Jews settled on the Asian side. Besides, it’s rumored that European Jews named the neighborhood as “The last stop before reaching the holy soils” and their will was to live and to be burried in here. Armenians started to settle the neighborhood in 18th century and in 19th century the population of Armenians was respectable amount.
In the last years neighborhood became of the most popular place to live for the Istanbullians and the renovations of the buildings started.
The most important attractions in the neighborhood are; Greek Ayios Panteleimon Church, Uryanizade Street, Uryanizade Mosque and Fethi Pasha Grove.