Istanbul: 3-Hour Old Town Walking Tour from Balat to Tekfur

Product ID: 18271

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3 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Wander from Istanbul's Balat Jewish Quarter to the Tekful district
  • See Orthodox churches and ancient synagogues
  • Learn about the Jewish community which has been settled in Istanbul since the Ottoman Empire
Take a walk into the history of the Golden Horn with an expert guide who points out the most important parts of this Jewish quarter. Explore temples, churches, and relics of the past on this exemplary walking tour.
What to Expect
The southern shores of the Golden Horn delight the traveler with spectacular views of Istanbul's waterways, colorful local characters, and history.

This corner of Istanbul has been settled for over 2,000 years, and on today's walk you will discover Balat; one of the oldest Jewish districts in Istanbul. Here, your guide will bring you into fascinating tales of myth and legend, and you'll gain a deep understanding of where Jews re-settled during the time of the Ottoman Empire.

As you begin your walk, you will first notice the colorful streets. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Roman Catholic churches, and Byzantine remnants are all part of this corner of the city. Throughout the ages, this area has been conquered and re-conquered, giving it the unique feel you can sense today.

Your visit will include a deeper understanding of the 2 main synagogues still standing today: the Ahrida and Yambol. The exquisite iron works and murals of both these temples and the orthodox churches nearby give the visitor a unique look into this fascinating area. Check out Ayazma Mosque, and the Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars too.
What's Included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
Meeting Point

Meet your guide in Balat at the Balat Bus Station. The guide will be holding a brochure with "Istanbul Walks" on it. (Open in Google Maps)

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Product ID: 18271