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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.
Istanbul, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 September 2014

fener and balat are the other side of the coin:) lose yourself in their labyrinth of streets...don't miss children who will ask you for some photos, the chora museum (that's a small treasure of byzantine mosaiques), the mihrimah sultan camii (with its marvellous red oriental...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 January 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...

4  Thank Nab9
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Located on the European Side of Bosphorus in the Fatih district, Balat is residence of many Jewish people with their shops, lifestyle and Synagogues. I love the atmosphere there.

Thank CarlaColumna123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Area is changing, you can see a lot of religious conservative people around, but also very nice a lot of gay bars too. It is going to be LBGT community is getting places there. It was very interesting to see these two communities blended nicely...More

Thank FreeJohnny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Balat with a Turkish guide and did not regret it at all. He showed me a lot of typical spots and places I would not have seen otherwise. Somehow, Balat reminded me of Naples in Italy, especially Spaccianapoli and similar rundown quarters....More

Thank Departure811861
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered the Balat area by accident while our driver was taking us to a restaurant we had heard of in this region. This area, we were told, not too long ago was the old city strife with crime. Now its a charming, wonderful area...More

Thank Sufix
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best and cheapest way to get there is by ferry boat from Karakoy, each hour they are scheduled. Price is less than 2 Tl which is around 0.25 eur. Area is old and not touristic except 2 streets with couple of interesting bars, rest...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Very hilly, it was the Old Jewish/Greek quarter of Istanbul. Made famous by Instagram posts of its colourful houses and steep streets, it is an evolving hipster hot spot with many cafes opening

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Reviewed 23 September 2018

This is an old district that is apparently quite up and coming now among the local bohemians. Worth a visit to experience yet another face of Istanbul, very different to the ones of e.g. Sultanahmet or Bebek.

Thank letsdrinkwine
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We visited the old Balat area and was amazed by the diverse architectural designs of buildings in the area. I was even informed that this old neighbourhood has peacefully housed many socio- religious groups ranging from the Jews, Orthodox Christians and the Muslim Turks. I...More

Thank Sue A
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We were here on May. The streets were so cute and it had the old İstanbul look. We found a local bakery and brassiere we paid 8 liras for 2 tea and 1 portion of dessert

Thank Ebru G
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A bit far from tourist routes, most of the buildings remember the previous centuries, but the district slowly turns into a hipster enclave. It's worth wandering through the narrow streets and feel the atmosphere of the old Istanbul.

Thank bigmarkkk
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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
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24 November 2017|
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