The History of ‘Private Italian High School’

During the Ottoman Empire period, trade was carried out in Galata and its surroundings and on the shores of the Golden Horn, with the special permissions taken from the Sultan by the Genovese, Venetians, and Sicilians. Wealthy families in the Italian communities, which are in this region for aforementioned reasons, prefer private teachers in their children’s education; however, the children of families whose financial situation was not suitable could only take lessons from Catholic clergy. ‘Private Italian High School’ was one of 16 schools opened in Istanbul between 1861-1912 to meet this need and provide education in Italian .

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