Hemdat Israel Synagogue

Hemdat Israel Synagogue (Haydarpaşa, 1899)

The Hemdat Israel Synagogue was built in 1899 as a result of the increasing the needs of the Jewish community in the district of Haydarpaşa and Kadıköy, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Though there was an obstruction from Greeks against building a synagogue, Sultan Abdülhamid II sent a troop from Selimiye Barracks to guard the construction of the synagogue. In 2000, a big celebration was held on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.