Guests at Kabataş Erkek Lisesi

The afternoon was reserved for the introduction with Kabataş Erkek Lisesi, one of the oldest and the most prestigious schools in Istanbul. The school building initially represented a palace and as such was built at the end of the 19th century. That was the time of sultan Abdülaziz reign, and there’s a myth that his ghost still lives in the school because he tragically ended his life in what we know today as the principle’s house. The school was established in 1908 by sultan Abdulahmid II and for a long time was meant only for boys. In 1994 it opened its doors to girls, too. The school is located in Ortaköy district, next to the Sea of Marmara and it counts around 900 students, out of which 250 live in the school’s dormitory. Our students and teachers were welcomed by the principal Fatih Güldal and after that were given a tour of the school, during which our students made their music class richer for their newly acquired friends, where, having heard traditional the melody Ederlezi, they sang Đurđevdan, accompanied by the school’s music teacher on his traditional Turkish instrument bağlama.