Balat to Tekfur: Mystery walk in the Old Town

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Balat to Tekfur: Mystery walk in the Old Town

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.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.

Highlights

  • Wander from Istanbul's Balat Jewish Quarter to the Tekfur district
  • Learn about the Jewish community which has been settled in Istanbul since the Ottoman Empire

Full Description

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 Hreşdagabet are among many other places we visit during this tour.

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Includes

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional Guidance in English
  • Pick up & Drop off Service from centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments

Meeting point

Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • This tour is only available on Sundays.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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