Not far from the large bazaars on Beyazıt Square (built by Constantine the Great) is the beautiful main gate to Istanbul University (built-in 1864).  The gate is so striking, it graced the back of the  500 Turkish Lira banknote during the years of 1971-84.

Originally, established in 1453 under the Ottoman empire as “House of Multiple Sciences”  the campus was re-structured in 1925 into a modern university by the most non-other then  Atatürk!

If you want to visit the campus, it is better to go before 5:00pm.

statue of Atatürk with the main building on background that used to be the headquarters of the Harbiye Nezareti (Ministry of War) during the Ottoman ruling
Beyazıt-Central Campus

İstanbul Üniversitesi

(90)  212 440 0000
Kaptanı Derya İbrahim Paşa Sokak, 34116 Beyazıt, Istanbul, Turkey

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