Istanbul Fener And Balat Tour; Fener has a fascinating past and present. The historic wooden mansions and the character of the area are the reason why it has been put under UNESCO protection. We explore this fast becoming trendy area that not many tourists visit, but where you can still genuinely get a traditional slice of local life and also learn about its Greek roots.
You will be picked up by your guide at 9 am and taken to Fener and Balat.
You will see the district and hear the history from your guide. We pass onto Balat, walking through the splashes of color and the vibrancy of its street life, the crisscross of washing lines on the crumbling buildings, the synagogues, the churches, and the labyrinth of cobblestone streets teeming with kids playing football and women in headscarves beating rugs.
Fener is derived from the Greek word ‘Fanari’ meaning ‘lantern’ or ‘lighthouse’ in Turkish. It 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.
We then visit and learn the history of the Greek Orthodox school and wander the neighborhood which are being protected by a UNESCO project successfully implemented over the last decade.
Your tour will finish around 4 pm with you being taken back to your hotel.
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