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Istanbul: Tour of Fener, Balat and Tekfur

Istanbul, Turkey

Cancellation Allowed

8:Hours

English

Minimum Persons : 0

Maximum Persons : 50

Description

Fener is derived from a Greek word ‘Fanari’ meaning ‘lantern’ or ‘lighthouse’ in Turkish. It was a district of prominent and predominantly Romaic (Greek Orthodox) families up to the beginning of the 20th century. It is the part of Istanbul where the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is situated. Did you know that Phanariotes dominated the administration of the Patriarchate. Listen to the story of Phanariotes who served as dragomans to the Ottoman government and to foreign embassies. If you are interested in visiting a Byzantine Church in use or in seeing the only church made of iron and steel in the world – do not miss this walk. Get ready to see houses, pavements, palaces, and other structures of the area, which are being protected by a UNESCO project successfully implemented over the last decade.
Balat is located on the southern shores of the Golden Horn. It is one of the Jewish districts where Jews were re-settled during the time of the Ottoman Empire. We walk in Balat and find ourselves in intriguing streets with amazingly colorful life. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and Ayazma’s are part of today’s adventure. Although once it had seven synagogues, now it has only two in good condition: Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues. The cast-iron Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars, the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray, the Armenian Church of Surp Hresdagabet are among many other places we visit during this tour.

Included

- Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
- Entrance Fees
- Lunch
- Tour guide

Location

Extended Details

  • Excluded :

    - Gratuities (optional)
    - Beverages during lunch


  • Additional info :

    - This tour is available only on Sundays.
    - In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited.
    - You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    - Return time to hotel: approximately at 05:00 pm.


  • Confirmation type :

    The booking is available after 48:Hours minutes of purchase.


  • Logistics :

    Pick-up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul
    Hotel Drop-off


  • Cancellation policy :

    - Cancellations made within one day or less prior to start time will be subject to 100% cancellation fees.

    - Children from 3 to 6 years old: Get reduced rates.