Don’t be Scared of the Street Art in Istanbul

January 17, 2013 A*RT!? Happens

On a quest to worry my husband and in-laws to death, I insisted on exploring Istanbul on my own, including venturing through the public transportation system. Because I was staying with my new family there for 21 days, this air sign needed a little breathing room. I explained how I am from New York, traveled to many more difficult places and so this can’t be that dangerous, but like any caring family, they were nervous for me to be by myself in a new place. So, I committed to staying in the tourist and English-speaking areas.

Before a visit to the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, I wandered the narrow streets of the Eminönü and Sultanahmet area. There I discovered some odd street art and dilapidated buildings that gave this area an unique and curious character.

A grey, stray cat lead me to this public art space, housed in an abandoned building. Inside a sign spray painted on the wall read, “Art Gallery- Don’t be scared- You will like it”. I challenged that sign because I’m not scared of much! And this is what I found.



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  1. Ellie Thidphy 06.7.2013

    Lovely site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  2. Brenda 03.6.2013

    What a find! You don't happen to remember what street/alley this was on, do you? I'm going to Istanbul in May and would love to go here!

    • MuseumChick 03.15.2013

      Hi Brenda- Yes, its a popular street called So?ukçe?me Soka??. Have a nice time in Istanbul!

      • Brenda 03.15.2013

        Thank you for the info, I appreciate it!

  3. Jessica Normandin 02.7.2013

    Of course, what a fantastic website and educative posts, I surely will bookmark your site.Have an awsome day!

  4. Colleen Brynn 01.27.2013

    Wow! What a great find. Thank you little grey cat!

    • MuseumChick 02.5.2013

      Yes, he deserves a extra fish treat!

  5. Craig flashpacking 01.21.2013

    Brilliant images, street art at its best, we are heading to Istanbul later in the year and I will definitely seek this out while we are there.

    • MuseumChick 01.22.2013

      Hi Craig- How great that you are going to Istanbul. It’s a magical place. Let me know if you need any pointers. Thanks for the comment!

  6. Suzy 01.20.2013

    I love the colors that you discovered. And what an unusual art gallery!

    • MuseumChick 01.22.2013

      Hi Suzy- Thanks! The street art does add a lot of color to this area!

  7. Mariella 01.20.2013

    I’ve been to that place! There’s a Shisha place across from it that I love, even though it’s a bit touristy. There’s one wall on which bright red writing says: “Don’t Think!” I loved that bit. I tend to overthink :) beautiful photos!

    • MuseumChick 01.22.2013

      Hi Mariella, Yes that’s the place! There are cafe’s lining the block. I wish I saw the “Don’t Think” art. I missed it.

  8. sheila elliot 01.17.2013

    fascinating!