Balıklı Greek Hospital

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Balıklı Greek Hospital
Balıklı Rum Hastanesi
Balikli Rum Hastanesi 2010-10-09 02.jpg
Entrance of Hospital and view of Church
Location Yedikule, Zeytinburnu, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates 40°59′59″N 28°55′05″E / 40.99972°N 28.91806°E / 40.99972; 28.91806Coordinates: 40°59′59″N 28°55′05″E / 40.99972°N 28.91806°E / 40.99972; 28.91806
Patron Dimitri Karayani
Beds 650
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The Balıklı Greek Hospital (Turkish: Balıklı Rum Hastanesi) is a health care institution at Balıklı neighborhood of Yedikule quarter in Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, which was established in the 18th century and continues its service run by the Greek community of Turkey.[1][2][3][4][5]


The Balıklı Greek Hospital was originally established as the Yedikule Hospital through Ottoman government edict in 1753.[2][6][7] The hospital was built and sponsored by the Union of Greek Grocers.[6] The immediate objective of the hospital was to help cure epidemics and common diseases specifically affecting the ethnic Greek population of Constantinople. The hospital however was subjected to a fire in 1790, which completely destroyed the structure. The hospital was rebuilt in 1793 under the sponsorship of Patriarch Neophytus VIII (reigned 1891-1894).[6]

Church on the premises of the hospital

By the end of the 18th century, the Greek community of Constantinople had built three hospitals: this one, in 1762 another in the district of Galata and in 1780 a third in Pera. All three hospitals had their own particular constitutions, but they were all placed under the supervision of the Ecumenical Patriarch, who was responsible for nominating the administrative boards of the hospitals.[6] In 1852, through the sponsorship of Patriarch Cyril VI, the Balıklı hospital established an orphanage on the premises.[2] The hospital also features a church, which serves not only for the patients but the Greek Orthodox community at large. During the Istanbul riots of 1955, the hospital received many patients, who suffered from trauma, rape, and physical abuse.[8] The hospital was restored in 1991 and in 1994, the first private clinic for the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse in Turkey was established.[2]


Today, Balıklı Greek Hospital continues to cater the public in Istanbul. In 2011, the hospital had 39 doctors, 98 nurses, and other assistants and personnel, which account for 440 employees in total.[2]


  1. ^ Ebrahimnejad, Hormoz (2009). The development of modern medicine in non-western countries: historical perspectives ([Paperback]. ed.). London: Routledge. pp. 91–92. ISBN 9780415447423. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "History" (in Turkish). Balikli Rum Hastanesi (Official Website). Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Balıklı Greek Trust Hospital". Zeytinburnu Portal. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Anatolia Klinikleri" (in Turkish). Ailem. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Özel Balıklı Rum Hastanesi Hakkında" (in Turkish). Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Scott, edited by Anthony (2003). Good and faithful servant : stewardship in the Orthodox Church. Crestwood (N.Y.): St. Vladimir's seminary press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 9780881412550. 
  7. ^ Or-Ahayim Hospital: A Century of Love and Compassion. Balat Or-Ahayim Jewish Hospital Foundation. 2003. p. 247.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Vryonis, Speros (2005). The mechanism of catastrophe: the Turkish pogrom of September 6-7, 1955 and the destruction of the Greek community of Istanbul (3. printing. ed.). New York: p. 222. ISBN 9780974766034.