About us

The Levantine Heritage Foundation is an association which promotes research, preservation and education in the heritage, arts and culture of the communities of the Levant region encompassed by the former Ottoman Empire between the 17th and 20th centuries. The peoples and communities who traded and settled in the area were diverse in origin and faiths, including Italians, French, British, many other Europeans and Americans. With the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, many of the cosmopolitan communities of the Levant region scattered around the globe. The Levantine Heritage Foundation is piecing together these communities’ histories and legacies for future generations to study and build on.

We had our first International Conference, The Levantines: Commerce & Diplomacy in Istanbul between 3­5 November 2014 in Pera House (British Consulate ­ General) and in Casa d’Italia (Italian Cultural Center) - programme. The conference was a great success and 150 people participated in this three day conference. The Symposium proceedings were recently published and are available on our website

In addition we have meetings at regular intervals both in London and Istanbul. We intend to build up on our earlier success and this website acts as a hub for connections to a wider body of descendants, researchers, academics and institutions. We intend to build further on this with regular gatherings and events which we will publish here in the near future.

The closing speech by Axel Corlu for the Conference on Levantines, Istanbul, 5 November 2014.
Click here for our archive video gallery.

To learn more about our Foundation and for membership / donation form click for word or pdf formats: The read our full Mission Statement, click here:

A big thank you to all our supporters for helping make our First Levantine Conference in Istanbul, ‘The Levantines: Commerce and Diplomacy’, held in Istanbul November 3-5 (6th optional sight-seeing), 2014 a resounding success - programme - press release - Türkçe basın bülteni. Any enquiries for future events and support, please e-mail us at:

Also successful was the Izmir Symposium on Levantinestake place the week before the Istanbul meeting - flyer - programme details in powerpoint / pdf.

Click to view minutes of our AGM, 15 December 2014 - The current Trustees.

We welcome submissions to this website from contributors’ native languages. We do have friends who can translate, but the original language can also feature on the website according to the author’s wish. The important thing is the detail, information, and thus the portion of the culture contained amongst those lines is preserved and shared. This is the manner in which the content of this website has mostly been built over time.