Fener Balat Istanbul , 3 hrs, walking tour
Fener and Balat are two old neighbourhoods in Istanbul located along the Golden Horn. They are both rich in history.
Fener and Balat are off the major tourist trail ; their authenticity makes this guided tour worthwhile.
Our Fener Balat Istanbul starts with a ferry ride from Eminonu or Karakoy zigzaging both sides of the Golden Horn to end in Ayvansaray.
Ayvansaray is where Constantinople officially ended so we’ll see and walk along the mighty Byzantine walls of Theodosius from 5th Century.
Our first visit is an extraordinary Greek Orthodox Church – Mary Blachernae. The only church in the whole world where there’s a service on a Friday morning. Built on a sacred water source, the church is a pilgrimage for Greek people. You’ll be led by an expert local guide who has a good story to tell about this unique structure and its history in Istanbul.
We’ll then pass onto Balat walking through the splashes of color and the vibrancy of its street life, crisscross of washing lines on the crumbling buildings, the synagogues, the churches, and the labyrinth of cobblestone streets teeming with kids playing football and women in headscarves beating rugs.
Starting with 1492, Balat grew to become a thriving cultural melting pot of Sephardic Jews from Spain, Greek and Armenian Christians as well as Muslims. During our Fener Balat Istanbul walking tour, generally we give a break in this vibrant neighbourhood and enjoy people watching in their everyday heyday.
Our walk ends in Fener seeing the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate housing a column, which is believed to have been used for the binding and flogging of Jesus in Jerusalem.
It’s a pleasure walking the streets of these two very old neighborhoods of Istanbul. Join Walks In Istanbul Fener Balat Istanbul tour either with a private local guide or enjoy a small group tour of max 8 people.
Walks In Istanbul makes sure it will always be an intimate experience.