During my Erasmus visit to Istanbul I had the privilege to stay at The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. The research institute is located on the European side of the city close to Taksim Square and was established in 1962. It was at first given access to small lodgings at the Consulate General of Sweden on a site bought by the Swedish state in the year 1757 for the then Swedish Embassy in Ottoman Constantinople.
In 1974, the so-called Dragoman House, situated behind the Palais de Suède of the Consulate General and once the home of interpreters (dragomans) working for the Swedish diplomats, came into the possession of the research institute. After several phases of restoration work, the Dragoman House at present comprises the secretariat and library of the Institute, as well as an auditorium and, on the top floor of the building, the residence of the Director. More information about the research institute can be found here: http://www.srii.org/
Next to the Dragoman House is a guest house with rooms for 10-15 guests, kitchen facilities, two seminar rooms and a beautiful terrace. The guest rooms, in the first place intended for scholarship holders and researchers from the Nordic countries. More information a can be found here: http://www.sfv.se/sv/fastigheter/utrikes/europa/istanbul-turkiet-svenska-forskningsinstitutet/
The guest house is very comfortable and a great place to meet other researchers staying in Istanbul. Moreover, the library in the Dragoman House provides a comfortable environment during working hours. I have spent my late afternoons there writing up my analysis on Istanbul´s urban expansion. I would like to say thank you to the staff at SRII for providing me with such a wonderful environment.