View of the building circa 1985 on the shore front zone of Bayraklı (Anadolu Cad.). There were plans to restore this building in the early 2000s, but nothing came of it.
The one time Yahya Hayati Pasha mansion in Bayraklı (junction of Ord. Prof. Dr. Ekrem Akurgal Sokak and 1606/1), built in 1873 for high ranking Ottoman officials who did much to develop Bayraklı, now in a ruinous state. According to sources, this house took between 7 and 13 years to build - as a result of waiting for tiles, timber, and other materials to arrive from Marseille. It was originally constructed by a Levantine who was a wealthy entrepreneur and installed the first ferry service between Cordelio-Agia Triada-Punta. He then left for his native land and passed this house to Yahya Pasha. Yahya Pasha added sections to this house, and was responsible for the small paintings on the ceiling - albeit, in dedication to his ex-partner - the ferry service Levantine in which he had a stake. The paintings thus illustrate a maritime theme. Apparently Yahya Pasha helped this Levantine secure the business with his diplomatic connections.
View from the rear into the main hall
Decorative corridor with stairway to bedrooms
Painting of a tree in on of the bedrooms
The decorative ceiling on the landing of the stairway, from which the bedrooms are accessed. Below close-ups of some of the ceiling pictures - one of Hayati Pasha’s wives was from Istanbul and perhaps it was in her honour some of the scenes depict this city.
Unfortunately a visit in January 2009 showed the remaining section of the roof had collapsed.
Unfortunately the house went up in flames on 24th December 2010.
Further along on Anadolu Caddesi a pair of possibly once Levantine houses.
The sea facing side of this once crudely extended house.
Another ruined house in the same area, but on the parallel road nearer the sea (1606 sok.), just before the modern modern motorway (Altın yol).