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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Bulgarian St Stephen Church

Walk Fener and Balat – Istanbul's Greek Orthodox Region

Product ID: 18272
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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.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit Fener, a district famous for being home to Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
  • Wander through the historic streets of Fener and see houses, palaces and more with real historic significance
  • Take a stroll around the vibrant Jewish district of Balat
  • See the imposing Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, which is made entirely of iron and steel
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If you are interested in visiting a functioning Byzantine church or seeing the only church in the world constructed entirely of iron and steel, then do not miss this full-day walking tour through Fener and Balat in Istanbul.

The name Fener is derived from a Greek word 'Fanari,' meaning 'lantern' or 'lighthouse' in Turkish, and this district was made up of predominantly Romaic (Greek Orthodox) families up until the beginning of the 20th century. Today, this UNESCO-project filled site is known as the part of Istanbul where the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is situated. On this tour you'll hear the story of Phanariotes who served as dragomans to the Ottoman government and to foreign embassies.

Following the included lunch, you will visit Balat, which is located on the southern shores of the Golden Horn. It is one of the Jewish districts where the people re-settled during the time of the Ottoman Empire.

We will take you through Balat, where you will find yourself walking down intriguing streets, full of color and life. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants, and Ayazmas are all part of the adventure.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks
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Product ID: 18272