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Nisantasi, European Center of Istanbul

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Apart from the Turks, the district also had sizeable Greek, Jewish, Armenian and Levantine communities. Nisantasi is famous for its many Art Nouveau apartment buildings and is home to several prominent figures of the Turkish jet-set, culture and art. 

Nisantasi was settled by Sultan  Abdulmecit, in the middle of the 19th century. He ordered the construction of the Neo-Classical Teşvikiye Police Station and the Neo-Baroque style Tesvikiye Mosque for a proper district, encouraging the citizens of Istanbul to settle here (hence the name Tesvikiye which means Encouragement in Ottoman Turkish).

People living in Nişantaşı are mostly wealthy and well-educated. Also, Nisantasi has the largest community of foreign residents in Istanbul after Taksim and Cihangir