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This neighborhood of Istanbul was once known as the Jewish quarter of the city. Today you can still find many synagogues here, as well as a more diverse group of residents.
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Istanbul, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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"narrow streets"
in 7 reviews
"golden horn"
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"colorful houses"
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"jewish neighborhood"
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"antique shops"
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"galata bridge"
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"district"
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"jews"
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"tourists"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balat is near Eminönü and Taksim also. Historical places, churches and nice breaks. If you have 1 day more in istanbul, definitely come to Balat.

Thank ckocer
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

Balat is one of the oldest quarter of Istanbul. Once upon a time Turkish jews lived here. You can see the very old houses and you can visit the original restaurants and caffes. Summer is the best time to visit.

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Reviewed January 30, 2018

it was a beautiful neighborhood and full of colorful apartment and you can find a nice cafe and antique store

Thank artinpashaa
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Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

This place was terrible for first time visitors ! I was haunted for days after seeing these old buildings and how people live here...

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Reviewed January 8, 2018 via mobile

A homely vibe to the town. Start off by walking along the banks of the Bosporus where fisherman are dotted. You will reach the 120 year old Iron Church or also known The Bulgarian Orthodox Church opened on 7 January 2018 after restoration. In the...More

3  Thank Marion S
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Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

It's a very good residential district with quite a lot of local touch. If you want to hangout in places where Istanbulites spend their time, this is a good district for that.

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Reviewed December 5, 2017

I stayed in Balat for two days during my trip to Istanbul recently. Overall it is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. Moreover it is not as touristy as Taksim Square. However getting access to this area required a combination of metro and buses as the...More

2  Thank ycmil
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Reviewed October 20, 2017 via mobile

I heard alot about this place and it was really nice. You will enjoy walking around and taking photos. But maybe not for a first time traveler in Istanbul.

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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

Balat is one of the oldest quarters in Istanbul. Once the little Greece of Istanbul, it is now one of the city’s trendy design districts and regaining the international feel of its past. Balat is changing, but in a different way then the rest of...More

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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

We loved that old history and nostalgic streets! Should see there! You can have turkish coffee in cosy and cute cafes

Thank Concaa
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Fener & Balat
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
...More
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nuruldean
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Response from kamalilahi | Reviewed this property |
You walk in Eminonu towards the Galata bridge. Don't turn right on the Galata bridge but keep on walking straight. After a little walk, you will see the BUS TERMINAL. You can easily get a bus from here. Frequent buses no... More
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