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Yoakimion Rum Kız Okulu

Fener Yuvakimyon Greek Girls’ High School is a high school built during the Ottoman period in the Fener district of Istanbul province, and is now derelict.

It is located opposite the Fener Greek Boys’ High School.’ It was closed in 1988 due to a lack of students. In 2011, it was officially shut down. Unfortunately, the building, which is owned by the same foundation as the school, is currently closed to visitors. It was used for the exhibition of Greek artist Kalliopi Lemos, titled Me, Between Worlds and Between Shadows, as part of the Istanbul Biennial in 2013.

In the 19th century, the establishment of schools for girls in Constantinople was initiated. Patriarch II donated land for a school in Yuvakim Fener, and the school was started. The school was built by Patriarch III after the patriarch died before it was completed. The high school started in 1882. ‘Yoakimion,’ meaning ‘work of the Yoakims,’ was given because both patriarchs contributed to the construction of the school.


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