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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.
A little bit away from the centre. However, this Byzantine Church is still worth a visit. It also forms part of the Istanbul Museum Pass.
The frescoes are fewer than some other places you would visit, however still enough to see.
A walk along the river from town then gravitate towards the church from there.
Nice walk and nice church.
Is an historical church and have an history about virgin mary how she help and safe the people there In the face of the enemy and sinking their ships you see inside the church a water spring you can drink a holy water this church is still in use but you can take photo inside must visited
"Architect Sinan's Expression of love for Mihrimah Sultan"
reviewed 9 July 2017 by novaman33
If you knew this love story before you visited the mosque, you would come to appreciate this place of worship even more. Inside it feels as feminine and beautiful as the daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent who took her along to his campaigns
to expand the empire, She was courageous and compassionate. With the help architect Sinan, she financed many...
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.
I have been to Asitane through a suggestion of a local turkish colleague who introduced the place as “the real antique ottoman cuisine”. I didnt know what to exactly expect but I have to say it has been an exceptional surprise. Place very nice and elegant without being overcharged of decorations. A nice terrasse outside for summer. The food really...
"If you combine good flavours, food turns into an orchestra"
reviewed 6 days ago by 811michael
We dined at this wonderful restaurant in Istanbul. There was a warm, friendly Turkish welcome on our arrival. After dining here, we were simply blown away by the amazing food we had here, as everything was seasoned so perfectly that the food was like ice cream, simply melting in our mouths. The spices and herbs were so finely executed that...
It is strongly recommended to taste the main dishes: Buryan and Mumbar.
Never miss it.
After finishing, check the market, you will find the butcher and grocery shops, where Turks buy home supplies at prices less than tourist bazaars. I recommend you visit Siirt Fatih Gida
I love this quirky little cafe in Balat. The owner is a collector of antiques and the decor reflects his quirky retro styling. The food is excellent, good homemade fare. Vegetarian choices and cute little cat biscuits! Situated on a corner, its great for people watching too.
It's a fantastic hotel! Great location.. great rooms.. great lobby.. great food.. great service.. great spa.. overall fantastic stay over 5 nights with 3 friends. All requests accommodated.
But! If you are getting laundry services.. prices are in Euro's and not Turkish Lira's. So what we thought was 100Lr was actually 100€!
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...
"Small and beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the Golden Horn"
reviewed 3 July 2017 by Agreena
We had a very pleasant experience staying at this hotel! We booked a suite with balcony at 2nd floor overlooking the Golden Horn. Beautiful old building, clean and confortable room/apartment (bed was very good), view from balcony was amazing, good area - not to close but not so far to the city center (you can either walk 20 min or...
We spent 6-nights at the Venera hotel. The rooms were small but comfortable. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was pretty standard, not much variety over the 7 days we spent there. The best thing about the hotel was the location, in walking distance to the tram station. The location was just 2 stops away from the Grand...
We stayed at this hotel for about A week and it was great time from start to finish , the arrival with welcome Turkish tea to the escort to our rooms all looked after by great gentleman "Ibrahim" and the rest of staff , breakfast included in our stay , the location is fantastic to all destinations and close to...