Although the exact year of construction is unknown, House of Nuns is located at the corner of Dumlupınar Neighborhood, the oldest neighborhood of Buca, at the intersection of 79th and 88th streets.House of Nuns, which is thought to have been built by the Capuchins Monastery in the early 1850s, was thought to be used as a residence for the nuns who provided education.
It was in the middle of the 19th century that the Capuchins, a sect formed by the crosses of the Marche region of Italy, who chose a slightly different way of praying than the Catholic sect, reached Anatolia, thus Izmir, one of the cities where the Levantine families lived mostly. The first action of the Capuchins in order to realize their mission in Anatolia was a orphanage for women and Buca Priest School in Istanbul.
With the opening of a Priest’s School in Buca, the opening of a nun school was now seen as a necessity. Not long after, they opened the Buca Catholic Nuns School, and as a result, the Buca House of Nuns is built for the nuns to stay. Priests, who were educated under the Capuchins, and accordingly gave education with the values of Capuchinism used the Buca House of Nuns as a residence since the 1850s.
Buca House of Nuns, which is only in the service of Kapuçin Monastery nuns, consists of a single floor above ground and a horizontal architecture. Buca House of Nuns, which differs architecturally from the usual Buca Houses, Levantine houses or religious buildings, is still standing and used as a private residence today.
Where is House of Nuns, Buca? 📍
Visiting Hours 🕖
Although it is not possible to see the interior of the House of Nuns, which is used as a private house today, it is open to the public because its exterior is adjacent to the street.
How to get to House of Nuns? 🚖
🚌 Bus: It can be reached to Buca House of Nuns by taking ESHOT buses numbered 104, 206, 304, 470, 476, 490, 515, 676, 805 and 940 getting off at the Heykel bus stop and taking a 5-minute walking.