Top 5 haunted buildings of Istanbul
This old mansion in the Bakırköy neighborhood has a hair-raising appearance, especially at night and when it is foggy. Local rumors suggest that it completely “disappears” for one day every year.
Cemil Molla Mansion
The restoration of this “haunted house” in the Bosphorus neighborhood of Kuzguncuk was delayed several times after workers fled because they saw “ghosts.” It is claimed that one worker even became speechless. In the end, however, the mansion has been restored.
The Haunted Mansion
Built in 1911, this castle-like red brick mansion with stained glass windows is located on the European shore of the Bosphorus Strait. The popular nickname of the mansion, Perili Köşk (meaning the “Haunted Mansion” in Turkish) comes from the fact that its construction remained partially unfinished for a long period. Its original name is the Yusuf Ziya Pasha Mansion and it currently houses the headquarters of Borusan Holding. According to rumors, workers who were building the mansion claimed to have seen the late wife of the Ottoman pasha Yusuf Ziya, while also hearing faint piano sounds.
Molla Zeyrek Mosque
Most haunted buildings are derelict houses, but this mosque in the historic neighborhood of Fatih is also known as one. Some locals claim that they hear screams coming from a point across the mosque where a stable stood in the past. They also believe there is an underground tunnel going from that point to the Ayvansaray neighborhood.
Cevahir Bedesten at the Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, one of the largest and oldest in the world and which is still in use as a shopping mall, is an unusual place to be haunted, but some believe it really is. A section of the bazaar called the “Cevahir Bedesten” is believed by some esoteric sects to have a portal that opens to another dimension.