Fener: The Greek Orthodox District

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Fener: The Greek Orthodox District

Join us as we explore the fascinating Fener district of Istanbul.

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


  • Visit Fener, the famous home of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
  • See the rich Greek Orthodox history of the area.

Full Description

Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Fener was the Greek Orthodox district of Istanbul. In fact, "Fener" comes from a Greek word meaning lantern or lighthouse. Join us for a tour exploring this historic area where we will see the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and the Fener Greek Orthodox College, the oldest surviving Greek Orthodox school in Istanbul, commonly known as the Red School. We'll also see the Church of Panagia Mouchliotissa, also known as the Church of St Mary of the Mongols, which is the only Byzantine church that was never converted to a mosque and has always been a Greek Orthodox Church. On the day the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the area around the church was the site of a brave last stand against the Ottomans, but it did not succeed. This is how the church got its Turkish name "Kanlı Kilise" meaning Bloody Church or Church of the Blood. There's a lot to see on the colourful streets of this UNESCO protected area. 



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional guided tour conducted in English.
  • Pick up service from centrally located hotels.
  • Drop off service.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • *This tour is only available on Sundays.
  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.

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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Customer Reviews

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Raul - September 29, 2019

The church that we visit was the most interesting one that I ve ever seen. It was nice to see a unique Byzantine church.

Dora - July 12, 2019

Informative guide who told us different stories from Byzantine times! Strolling down on the streets that normally we cannot explore on my own was a good experience fore me.

Maryann - April 22, 2019

The guide was perfect. He took us to interesting streets. Unique tour with its unique route!

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