Armenians in Istanbul

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Armenians in Istanbul
Total population
Armenian, Turkish
Armenian Apostolic Church, Sunni Islam
An Armenian couple in Constantinople at the early 19th Century, by Louis Dupré.
Armenians in Istanbul by years
Year TOTAL Armenians %
1478 [1] 100,000 - 120,000 5,000-6,000 5
1844[2][3] 891,000 222,000 24.9
1880s[3] 250,000
1885[2] 873,565 156,861 17.9
1913 1,125,000 163,670[4] 14.5
2011 13,483,052[5] 50,000 - 70,000 0.3-0.5

Armenians in Istanbul (Armenian: Պոլսահայեր, translit. Bolsahayer; Turkish: İstanbul Ermenileri) are historically one of the largest ethnic minorities of Istanbul, Turkey. The city is often referred to as Bolis (Պոլիս) by Armenians, which is derived from the ending of the historical name of the city Constantinople (Greek: Κωνσταντινούπολις Kōnstantinoúpolis).

Today, most estimations put the number of Armenians in Istanbul 50,000, 60,000 or 70,000.[6][7][8][9][10]



At present, the Armenian community in Istanbul has 17 schools, 17 cultural and social organizations, three newspapers called Agos, Jamanak and Marmara, two sports clubs, named Şişlispor and Taksimspor, and two health establishments as well as numerous religious foundations set up to support these activities.[11][12]

Notable Armenians from Istanbul

The following is the list of prominent Armenians who either were born in Istanbul (Constantinople) or have worked there.

Ottoman era (before 1923)
Republican era (1923–present)

See also


  1. ^ The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times: Foreign dominion to statehood : the fifteenth century to the twentieth century; Volume 2 of The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, Richard G. Hovannisian, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. ISBN 978-1-4039-6636-0
  2. ^ a b (in Armenian) Nicholas Adontz, «Հայկական հարցի լուծման շուրջ» [Around solution of the Armenian question], “Publishing house of Yerevan State University”, Yerevan, 1989, pp.87-88
  3. ^ a b (in Armenian) ՍՏԱՄԲՈՒԼԱՀԱՅ ՀԱՄԱՅՆՔ. ԱՆՑՅԱԼԸ, ՆԵՐԿԱՆ, ԽՆԴԻՐՆԵՐԸ (պատմական ակնարկ)
  5. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute: Population of Town Centers and Provinces in Turkey Archived July 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ There are 60,000 to 70,000 Armenians in Istanbul
  7. ^ Foreign Ministry: 89,000 minorities live in Turkey Today's Zaman
  8. ^ Armenian in Istanbul: Diaspora in Turkey welcomes the setting of relations and waits more steps from both countries
  9. ^ The Armenian Church Archived June 14, 2002, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Edmund Herzig, Marina Kurkchiyan, The Armenians: past and present in the making of national identity, 2005, p. 133
  11. ^ REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM - Armenian Claims and Historical Facts
  12. ^ Finkel, Caroline, Osman's Dream, (Basic Books, 2004), 57; "Istanbul was only adopted as the city's official name in 1930..".

Further reading

  • Hovannisian, Richard G. (ed.), Armenian Constantinople. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2010.
  • Tchilingirian, Hratch, "The 'Other' Citizens: Armenians in Turkey between Isolation and (dis)Integration," Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies 25 (2017), pp. 156-84.
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