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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. St. George's Cathedral (Istanbul)

Istanbul: Greek Orthodox District 3-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 18270
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See old apartments and visit Byzantine churches in an area of Istanbul with a fascinating Greek Orthodox history. Learn about the Phanariotes and wander through colorful streets with an expert guide.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the fascinating Fener district of Istanbul
  • Check out the area's old houses, Byzantine churches, and the Red School
  • See the sights in a small group so you can have all your questions answered
Full description
This Sunday morning, 3-hour walking tour investigates an area of Istanbul currently protected as part of a UNESCO conservation project.

Derived from the the Greek word 'Fanari,' meaning 'lantern' or 'lighthouse' in Turkish, Fener 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.

On the tour customers are invited to explore the world of the Phanariotes, who dominated the administration of the Patriarchate. Listen to the story of Phanariotes who served as dragomans to the Ottoman government and to foreign embassies.

You will visit a Byzantine Church see the world’s only church made of iron and steel. As you wander the jumble of streets, you will see apartments and palaces, and get a taste of the fascinating history of one of Istanbul’s most intriguing neighborhoods.
  • English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Istanbul.

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