Istanbul has a storied history of religious changeovers (remember Istanbul was at one point Constantinople).
So it’s fitting that the city has embraced religious tolerance for the last 500 years.
The Phanar Greek Orthodox College draws its roots from 550 years ago. The school was original built in 1454 under the decree of Mehmed II so Greeks could have their own Orthodox school (in their own language) within the predominate Muslim city.
Konstantin Dimadis built the current school in 1881. Konstantin sourced the signature red bricks all the way from France. Phanar College has a height of 40 meters and an area of over 3,000 square meters. Supposedly, if you look at it from above, it looks like an eagle.
Phanar is off the tourist track and can be found close to St. Stephan’s church. You can find more of “off the beaten track” Istanbul here.