Fener- Balat- Ayvansaray Tour with Chora Church

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Approx. 8 hours
Availability : Monday to Sunday
Themes: Culture, History, Sightseeing
Tour Modes: Ferry, Tram
Min Age : 10+
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One could describe the combined neighborhoods of Ayvansaray, Balat, and Fener as a miniature chronicle of the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern times. These streets have hosted the most influential of empires along with their monuments; housed a mosaic of communities.

We have a passion for uncovering this unique city’s lesser known historical treasures on foot: Our tour starts at a convenient meeting point (or meet you in your central Istanbul accommodation) and take you off the major tourist trail: Fener, Balat and Ayvansaray. These are the old Istanbul neighborhoods where Constantinople officially ends which means we admire surviving city walls of Byzantines. Churches, mosques, synagogues, traditional houses-even the remnants of a palace. Chora Church is considered to be the highlight in this area contains some the best Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in existence.

What to Expect
Chora Church
Chora Church ” A Legacy of Eastern Rome” known for its amazing mosaics and frescoes show scenes from both the Bible and Torah. Displaying one of the most important techniques of Byzantine religious art and has been built several times at the site. First built as part of a monastery in 534, this is the only remaining structure from a larger complex. Serving for many years as a church, the building converted into a mosque in 1511 with very few changes. It serves as a museum now since being restored in 1958.

Ecumenical Patriarchate
Ecumenical Patriarchate is recognized as the spiritual center (basically the “Vatican”) of the Eastern Orthodox Christians. Church of St. George stands in the compound hosts many relics including the column on which Jesus was whipped (believed to have been used for the binding and flogging Jesus) and an elaborate gilt icon-stasis

St Stephen of Bulgarian Church
This is a curious, neo-Gothic white-painted church and interestingly made up from cast iron sections. Built or should say “cast” in Vienna in 1896 and carted all the way to Istanbul.

City walls of Constantinople
The walls of Constantinople were the greatest fortifications of the medieval age. With various towers and gates, large sections still stand more or less intact today.

Fener - Balat - Ayvansaray
Colorful streets of Fener and Balat await you.

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Rivierajim 🇨🇦

Family Traveller
Private tour of Istanbul with Erol

My wife and I just finished a private day tour with Erol.
We would highly recommend him for anyone considering a personal guide for the day- he is a good listener, very informative and comfortable to be with.
He is also quite courteous to other travellers- on the Bosphorus cruise we sat beside 2 young men from Australia. They had a few questions which Erol gladly answered, when he really was not required to.
He made sure he got us back to our hotel safely at the end of the day.
Thanks Erol! If you ever get to Canada let us know. J&M

March 6, 2019