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Fener-Balat Walking Tour by Art Historian

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on July 15, 2021

Welcome to my tour I'm Kubra. I'm professional tour guide in Istanbul. I'am not an agency but a guide who wants you to have best experience while you are here at Istanbul Having an education in Art History we wanted to show people all around the world about the city which we love. That's why we've started tours in Istanbul in which we wish you to love this city as much as we do. Now if you are here in Istanbul or still making planning, join us to see Istanbul as we do, enjoy Istanbul as we do. Learn the culture, it's both dark and bright history hosting two empires that ruled the world. We have a very important sentence for us here by Rumi the poet : “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” This is the motto for Istanbul, it will welcome you just like in this sentence ! See you on the next tour.

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Tour description

Are you curious about the history and  culture of Istanbul?
Or do you want to do different tour other than the all the things you've seen at the Istanbul?

Make yourself ready to be charmed by the multicultural life of Fener- Balat used to share with many nationalities living in an empire called Ottoman Empire. Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Turks and more living side by side in which you will see a mosque then a church and a synagogue next to each other  !

  This  Walking Tour Includes  : 

📌Greek Patriarchate Orthodox 
📌Private Marashli Greek Primary School
📌Colorful Stairs
📌Dimitrie Cantemir House Romanian Prince and Lord of Bogdan
📌Church of Saint Mary of the Mongols (Bloody Mary Church)
📌Phanar Greek Orthodox College
📌Aya Yorgi Metakhion Jerusalem
📌Panagia Paramythia Church
📌Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church
📌Wooden Minaret Mosque
📌Stair Hill Historic Balat Houses-Unesco Culture Heritage
📌Antiques-Çifit Bazaar
📌Ahrida Synagogue
Information for Our Guest

- Please take it into care , this tour has a minumum contribution fee for 10 Euro/ 10$ / 350Turkish Lira Per Person

- For the entrance of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate there will be clothing regulation as they will not allow people with mini shirts and skirts , sleeveles tops and tank tops to enter the church. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Balat, Fener, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, T...
    Balat, Fener, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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    Fener Bus Stop by the sea side, My License will be on me(red striped)Eminönü-Eyüp Direction

  • 1
    Free admission
    Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Greek Orthodox Patriarchate School
  • 3
    Free admission
    Fener Colorful Stairs
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Panagia Paramytia Church
  • 5
    Free admission
    Maria of Mongols Church
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Colorful Houses
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Ahrida Synagogue
  • 8
    Free admission
    Sveti Stefan Church

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Vera 18 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Yunus is a good and empathic Tour Guide - I can recommend the Fener and Balat Tour with him.
Thomas 17 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
I highly recommend the tour, it was great! Yunus gave a lot of historical and cultural information and is passionate about the subject! In addition the size of the group is caped to a reasonable size which makes it more confortable/personal than other tours.
Myriam 12 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
I really enjoyed this tour with Kürba in the Fener-Balat area. She is an enthusiastic guide with great knowlegde & storyteller skills. I liked her open minded & funny personality a lot. Would absolutely recommend this tour. There are many spots to take nice pictures on the way while learning about history.
Beatrice 11 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Yunus is a great tour guide. It took us through an historical tour of the Fener Balat neighbourhood. We traveled through centuries all the way to the lives of today's inhabitants. Yunus is passionate and knowledgeable about his role. We were kept engaged for the whole 2h30. The tour is definitely worth it!
Jay Au 10 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Detailed and Unique
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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