1862

A SYMBOLIC

STRUCTURE

“Despot” (clergyman), who came to his birthplace Cunda which was then ruled by Greece, built this building known as Despot Evi in 1862, using the donations given by the Greek people with joy on the day Greece became an independent country.

  • 1873
  • 1874
  • 1875
  • 1876
  • 1877

1877

TAKEOVER BY

OTTOMANS

After the death of Despot, the Ottoman Empire purchased the Despot Evi from the Sine Church and began to use it as a Government Building.

1921

DURING AND AFTER

THE REPUBLIC

Initially used as an “orphanage”, the structure continued to serve both as a primary school and orphanage by the Turks who came over through the population exchange after the victory in the War of Independence.

  • 1917
  • 1918
  • 1919
  • 1920
  • 1921
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1973

1973

YESILCAM CINEMA

ITS PLACE AND IMPORTANCE IN THE HISTORY OF

Hayat Bayram Olsa

KAMBUR

1976

YESILCAM CINEMA

ITS PLACE AND IMPORTANCE IN THE HISTORY OF

Ah dede Vah dede

  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1980

1980

RELENTLESS

YEARS

When the orphanage was relocated to its new building, the Despot Evi was abandoned, and the ruined building which suffered from earthquakes, fires and looting over the years has been deformed due to the inappropriate interventions carried out on the original structure in the period it was used as an orphanage and primary school.

1986

YESILCAM CINEMA

ITS PLACE AND IMPORTANCE IN THE HISTORY OF

Av Zamani. The abandoned building was the main scene for this film, despite all unfavourable conditions and its bad shape. This proves how grandiose Cunda Despot Evi is, even in its ruined state.

  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

2015

RESTORATION

After the abandoned and ruined building was rented from the Ministry of Culture in 2015, we designed Despot Evi as a hotel with a new organization scheme, without damaging the original texture of this historically symbolic structure.

2019

PRESENT DAY

By 2019, we completed the restoration works and revived the building back to life in the Island of Cunda, with its new look and identity.

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019