Looking for Unique Shoes in Istanbul? Try Beykoz Kundura!

Beykoz Kundura

Step into Beykoz Kundura Istanbul, a captivating complex where history meets vibrant art. Once a bustling shoe factory with a rich legacy dating back to the early 1800s, Beykoz Kundura has transformed into a dynamic cultural center. Today, it attracts tourists and locals alike, offering a unique blend of art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and historical exploration.

Beykoz Kundura

Beykoz Kundura’s story reflects Istanbul’s own evolution. Initially established as the Beykoz Teçhizat-ı Askeriye Fabrikası (Beykoz Military Equipment Factory), it produced footwear and military supplies for the Ottoman army. Later renamed Beykoz Kundura, it became a leading shoe manufacturer for over a century. However, with changing times, it eventually ceased operations. Rather than succumbing to oblivion, the space was meticulously restored and reinvented as a cultural hub, preserving the historic buildings and their industrial charm.

Things to See and Do

Step inside the revitalized factory buildings and be greeted by a vibrant tapestry of experiences:

Kundura Hafıza Arşiv ve Araştırma Merkezi

Delve into the rich history of Beykoz Kundura and Turkish shoemaking at this dedicated archive. Explore historical exhibits showcasing vintage photographs, machinery, and footwear, offering a glimpse into the factory’s past.  Note: Admission fees may apply, and opening hours might differ slightly from the complex’s general schedule. Check the official Beykoz Kundura website for details.

Kundura Sahne (Kundura Stage)

Catch a theatrical performance, a captivating dance show, or a musical concert by local talents at this multi-disciplinary stage.  The restored industrial setting adds a unique charm to the experience.  Tip:  Check the events calendar on the Beykoz Kundura website to plan your visit around an interesting show.

Kundura Sinema (Kundura Cinema)

Immerse yourself in a cinematic experience at the restored Kundura Sinema. This state-of-the-art cinema screens both local and international films, offering a comfortable and visually stunning environment.


Located within the complex, Demirane is a popular restaurant offering delicious Turkish cuisine. Enjoy a hearty meal or a refreshing beverage on the outdoor terrace, taking in the historical ambiance.

Beykoz Kasrı (Beykoz Mansion)

A short walk from Beykoz Kundura sits the Beykoz Kasrı, a 17th-century Ottoman mansion offering stunning views of the Bosphorus and a glimpse into Istanbul’s architectural heritage.

Elgiz Çağdaş Sanatlar Müzesi

Dedicated to showcasing contemporary Turkish art, the Elgiz Museum is a haven for art enthusiasts. Explore diverse exhibits featuring paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations, located just a short distance from Beykoz Kundura.

Practical Information

Opening Hours & Fees

Beykoz Kundura’s general opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with extended hours (until 10:00 PM) on Fridays and Saturdays.  Individual venues within the complex, like the Kundura Hafıza or Kundura Sinema, might have slightly different hours.  Admission fees may apply for certain exhibitions or screenings; check the official website for details.

Tips for Visitors

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for exploring the historical buildings and outdoor spaces.  Consider purchasing a Museum Pass Istanbul if you plan to visit multiple museums during your trip. Beykoz Kundura sometimes participates in the program, offering discounted entry. Elevate your experience of Beykoz Kundura Istanbul with our top-rated tour offering.

Getting There

The most convenient way to reach Beykoz Kundura is by taking the Marmaray line to the “Beykoz Kundura” station.  Alternatively, several bus lines stop nearby (check route maps online or ask locals for directions). Drivers can find parking in the vicinity.

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