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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.
mihrimah sultan Camii is in uskudar which does not have a fame like Hagi Sophia. it is old and has a nice view through to the European side, the sun is rising from uskudar beyond this mosque. it is small but it is really old and has a nice historical story. if you come to uskudar' you can go there...
This was a spectacular place to visit, with mosaics that rival those of Ravenna, and frescoes as well. There are not as many tourists as in the sites at Sultanahmet so your visit is quieter and more contemplative.
Ignore the Lonely Planet directions (which advise a ferry that no longer operates) and take a bus—then it’s an easy 10-minute walk....
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.
Its around 20 minutes waking distance from the Chora Church. Having come so far , it was indeed a visit worth taking to this important place. Asked about the location at the Chora Church and they were very nice to provide directions.There were not many people over there and some service was going on. Once done with the visit, there...
I was in Istanbul last month for a visit with my family and we tried this location to celebrate my silver wedding anniversary. OMG, the food is unbelievably delicious.Don't miss this amazing place.
went to this restaurant because i saw it on Anthony's show and i always try to check his places out and as usual, his venue did not disappoint
Sur Ocakbasi is a bit away from the old city but taking an UBER is about 18 TL versus 50 on a regular TAXI [we did both], back to the food ......
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...
We stayed here for 3nights. Room was spacious and facilities we okay. Food was not that great, didn’t have much veg options and they didn’t seem too bothered about giving other alternatives. English was a problem as not all could speak or understand us.
However I must point out the guest services manager Helleni Tandogan was very helpful and always...
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.