One of the Earliest Examples of 19th Century Apartments
As one of the earliest examples of 19th century apartments in Galata, Barnathan Apartments was built almost 130 years ago. On the two main gates of the building, the years 1892 and 1893, together with the corresponding Jewish date 5652 and 5654, were engraved. The name of the apartment, just like the other Beyoğlu apartments, originates from the family name of the property owner.
The Barnathan Apartments is a representative example of neoclassical architecture. This style was inspired by the classical Ancient Greece and Roman architecture and reinterpreted in the 18th and the 19th centuries.
The usage of marbles and castings beside the magnificent front façade carry the motives from these styles. The classical ancient architecture was reinterpreted in the 18th and 19th centuries especially inspired by the republican ideals after the declaration of independence in the United States and the French Revolution.