Fener: The Greek Orthodox District

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Fener: The Greek Orthodox District

Take a stroll through the fascinating Fener and Balat districts in Istanbul for a real lesson in history. See a functioning Byzantine church, a church made solely from iron and steer and much more on this full-day walking tour.

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

Highlights

  • Visit a district famous for being home to Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Fener.
  • Visit churches, mosques and synagogues in an all included walking tour

Full 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.

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Includes

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

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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