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This neighborhood of Istanbul was once known as the Jewish quarter of the city. Today you can still find many synagogues here, as well as a more diverse group of residents.
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Fener & Balat
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good visiting area in İstanbul but you should be careful for tourist trap.sometime this are do not reliable, you should be careful for visiting historical places and you should be visit 11 am to 17 pm.you should not be there at the night or evening

Thank Ufuk E
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

An old alley in Istanbul , it's history back to ancient Jewish inhabited this area hence you can see the houses decorated with such Jewish spirit including a Jewish temple ... with Josie's of different colors to hills up and down and narrow streets you...More

Thank mohjawhar
Reviewed May 27, 2017

Always wanted to visit Fener and Balat. They are next to each other. The location is about 15 min from the Galata bridge by taxi/ bus. You can take a bus from bus terminal next to galata bridge (eminonu side). Buses go straight to this...More

Thank kamalilahi
Reviewed April 22, 2017

It used to be one of the oldest parts of old Istanbul , ( A personal remark ; I was born there !!!!) in my time it used to A place that Jewish , Cristian , Greek , Armenian and of course TURKISH PEOPLE LIVED...More

1  Thank shlomo a
Reviewed April 11, 2017

If you are tired of the city, it's neverstopping traffics jams, noise and crowds, come to Balat for a peaceful and quite walk around authentic colorful houses, amazing smelling bakeries, sit and have a lunch at one of Balat's finest grill-masters, have a plate of...More

2  Thank AnnyRoddick
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

This place is became recently popular in old Istanbul which stays in the wall district. There is 100-200 years old renovated houses converted either hotel or coffee shops. If you visit Istanbul you should definitely stop by in area. After your coffee you can walk...More

Thank BarisSenol
Reviewed March 7, 2017

I finally made it to Balat on my 4th Istanbul trip. Only spent about 2 hours wandering the streets and I can't get enough of it. There's still many many streets yet to see. Would love a whole day or two just to explore Balat-Fener

Thank Aliza J
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

It was my seventh visit to Istanbul, but my first to Balat, I really surprised by the beauty and serenity of this place, it seems that you are run away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, colorful buildings, I highly recommend this place while...More

Thank Manoul
Reviewed December 2, 2016

This was formerly a Jewish area and is now an old working class area of Istanbul, with some delipidated houses. This is a residential area away from the tourist trail, very hilly and we came across it by accident.

Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

I simply loved this district because it is a unique residential area. Initially, it used to be a Greek settlement and was nicknamed Little Greece of Istanbul. Next, it became a Jewish neighborhood in Byzantine times. The Ottomans too brought the Jews who escaped the...More

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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
...More
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