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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 sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
Few steps away from the hectic life in fatih streets, you enter the mescid garden thru one of the gates and all is quite. Beautiful garden full of chairs for people to rest their feet and enjoy the beautiful scenery in front of them. The huge mescid with slim hifg minarets surronding all cornres. You enter the mescid for prayer...
mihrimah sultan Camii is in uskudar which does not have a fame like Hagi Sophia. it is old and has a nice view through to the European side, the sun is rising from uskudar beyond this mosque. it is small but it is really old and has a nice historical story. if you come to uskudar' you can go there...
This was by far the most interesting museum/church. The mosaics are very well preserved and it is under constant restoration.
Design of church and its history interesting. In quiet area so not too many tourists.
The church dates from 1261 and the mosaics from the 14th century. There are splendid mosaics depicting long bearded priests surrounded with a gilded mosaic backdrop. There are angels. There are numerous images of Christ including at the centre of the dome. The church takes one back to the other worldly life of the late Byzantine era.
Its around 20 minutes waking distance from the Chora Church. Having come so far , it was indeed a visit worth taking to this important place. Asked about the location at the Chora Church and they were very nice to provide directions.There were not many people over there and some service was going on. Once done with the visit, there...
It’s a big difficult to find. Not far from a tram stop but not close to the metro line. However, it’s a very nice outdoor setting and a cool menu. They serve dishes in traditional ways and the lamb and fish dishes we tried were both very good!
We went to this restaurant three times in one week ! The lamb baked in salt is delicious, desserts are fantastic, and i also definitely recommend Sunday brunch! Was a unique Turkish cuisine experience.
The freshness of the lamb here is hard to resist. We also ordered the perde pilaf. While we enjoyed both, we found each a little bit dry. This is a nice area, around where the market ends and the park begins.
An amazing place to stay in Fatih in Istanbul.
Very friendly staff and extra clean rooms. The joy will start with the amazing breakfast in the morning with the amazing variety of items and the delicious fresh food, specially the fresh cream with honey.
It’s been an amazing stay there.
Thank you Mr. Vural for all your help and being so hospitable and for all the information that you prepared us with.
The hotel was very clean, in a traditional Turkish area, with lots of shops around.
More importantly, the price was very good comparing to other similar properties.
We had a good breakfast with unlimited number of coffee and...
This hotel is really special and has some of the friendliest staff we met on our travels. As we were travelling with a baby I had some contact with the manager before hand which was all very friendly and she did the utmost to accommodate our small family. We even got a great discount booking through their own website, free...
I stayed in this so called 4* hotel
The welcome was nice and friendly
But when I went up to the room I had the shock of my life
I’m a big guy and 183cm height, if I open my arms I will touch both sides of the room!
Now let’s start with what I have found
TV Remote not...
Awesome time have spend in Turkey , very nice people very cooperative specially the front desk guy Khurshid and Behzad are very helpful.
Only bad part in hotel is that there is no lift for old peoples.