Samatya: The Armenian District

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Samatya: The Armenian District

Discover the rich history of Istanbul on a guided walk through the traditionally Armenian districts of Samatya and Kocamustafapasa. Discover Latin churches, Greek monasteries, and Muslim mosques that paint a vibrant portrait of the city’s past.

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

Highlights

  • See Greek, Armenian, and Latin churches
  • Explore the Samatya and Kocamustafapasa districts of Istanbul
  • Learn about Armenian history, traditions and customs in Turkey
  • Visit the Kocamustafapaşa Camii, where the foundations go back to the 6th century

Full Description

This is a tour to areas where the traditional Istanbul Fish Festival is organized. Up to recent times, Samatya was mostly inhabited by Armenians, who own the church of Surp Kevork (St. George), also called Sulu Monastery - which dates back from before the Ottoman conquest. The Greek orthodox have churches such as Hristos Analipsis and Haghios Menas. There is Latin churches as well. Turks have impressive mosques such as Ramazan Efendi Camii, which is Sinan's work of art, and Kocamustafapasha Mosque, which is the former Byzantine Church of St. Andrew. The walk covers many other historic places. Entry to the churches may vary at the moment of each visit.

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Includes

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional Guidance in English
  • Pick up & Drop off Services from/to 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 Thursdays.

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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