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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.
Built by the imperial architect Sinan, it was the second mosque built for the only daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent. The first, in Üsküdar, was too dark for her liking. Legend has it she was in love with Sinan and would order different designs for many buildings she endowed in order to spend time with him
This museum is a must see for the Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. They are so good it was easy to recognise the stories from the Bible depicted by them. There is renovation work taking place here which meant the main dome is closed off, but most of the mosaics and frescoes are stil viewable.
"Active Neighborhood Mosque No Longer a Museum But Accessible to Male Visitors"
reviewed 1 week ago by Wendell D
A 15 minute walk from the Chora Church through an vibrant neighborhood, this ancient little church is next to an active madrasa. I made the mistake of arriving during prayers, walked inside the stark interior but felt that continuing into the domed crossing would be intrusive and unwelcome during the services. That said, no man who walked past me to...
The relics, artefacts, and holy mosaics (some more than 1000 years old) inside the church make it worth visiting, although the building itself is quite modest. It does contain a great iconostasis though and the atmosphere in it is very serene. It is also a great place to learn about the history of Constantinople with some of the icons still...
Awsome restaurant nestled in the back streets of Istanbul. The food is based on traditional old cooking techniques and the waiter will explain the history behind each dish. The staff is very pleasant and obliging. It will be an experience you will treasure.
This restaurant is just a little bit out of the center of the city but when you reached the place you can relax and taste some good food. The sultan's plate is delicious along with the mixed plate (very very spicy). The waiters are polite and professional.
If not all dishes, at least half of menu worth to try and taste. Therefore, you need visit at least one, but numerous to have it all.
If your first visit, you can try “buryan kebap”, “sac tava” or “karisik kebap-mixed kebap platter” as main dishes, have “ezogelin soup-paste lentil” as starter, bumbar as hot appetizer. Have “ayran-watered yogurt” as...
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.
"Charming and tasty spot in a vibrant neighborhood"
reviewed 11 August 2018 by Bryan R
We ended up here twice in one day, for brunch and a late lunch after a long walk through Balat and Fetih. Traditional Turkish breakfast (eggs and khavalti) done with exceptional ingredients and the best bread we had in Istanbul. Then pizza and light salad for lunch. The cheeses are amazing. We were waited on by a charming 12 year...
The location is good very near metro station and buses the staff very friendly specially Helen the Star of DossoDossi Breakfast very rich will highly recommend the room are spacious well decorated will surely come back again
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.