Imagine the warm comfort of a peaceful old house in the center of Istanbul where you will find the leisure to wake up to the sound of doves, where you can sip your coffee looking at the gorgeous Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, appreciate the reliefs carved by Italian craftsmen hundreds of years ago… With so much to discover around you, Galata enfolds you in its historic fabric with its winding mysterious narrow streets, the haunt of explorers.
The Camondo family was only one of the thousands of Sephardic Jewish families who had to leave Spain in 1492, expelled by the monarchs after the Reconquista. The family moved to Venice and then to the heart of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople when Venice came under Austrian rule in 1798. The family started to get rich with the banking company "Isaac Camondo & Cie" which was established under the leadership of Ishak Camondo in 1802.
"Isaac Camondo & Cie" had grown so much and achieved such international success that it was the country's largest and strongest bank, until the Ottoman Empire established its national bank. Enormous wealth and ,their sustained involvement in Jewish communal life earned the family the nickname "Rothschilds of the East".
The interiors are glossy and confident, combination of 150 years of historical elegant materials.