There are two ways to walk to the dizzy heights of the Galata Tower from Karakoy Tram Station. One is to follow the pedestrian traffic and ascend an uninviting steep staircase close to the tram way, the other is to take the more photo-worthy and picturesque Kamondo (Camondo) steps on Bankalar Caddesi (Road) nearby.
Neo-Baroque and early Art Nouveau styles were fused here in the 1870s to create this curvaceous thoroughfare up one of Istanbul’s steepest hills. Abraham Salomon Camondo, of the wealthy Sephardic Jewish Camondo family, funded the construction. He inherited the banking and business success of his forefathers and went on to become the prime banker for the Ottoman Empire in the banking district of Galata where the stairs are located.
The stairs are now one of the most photographed landmarks of Galata and worthy of a small detour from the main route to Galata Tower.