This tour enables you to experience the Jewish culture in Istanbul. The TURKISH JEWS who were exiled from Spain in 1492 living in Turkey more than 500 years in peace & harmony.
The tour starts in GALATA, the centuries-old Jewish neighborhood with its famous tower built by the Genoese. Visit NEVE SHALOM SYNAGOGUE or ASHKENAZ SYNAGOGUE (according to availability). Drive to BALAT along the GOLDEN HORN, residential area of Ottoman Jews where the "Star of David" stil appears on the facades of some buildings. Visit the AHRIDA SYNAGOGUE, built in the 15th century by the first generation of Seferad Jews who were granted shelter and asylum by the son and sucessor of Mehmet the Conqueror, Sultan Bayezid. See the JEWISH HOSPITAL (Or-Ahayim) from outside.
Visit ZÜLFARİS JEWISH MUSEUM of the Quincentennial Foundation, and the "Oldies House" at Hasköy. The JEWISH CEMETERY where the martyrs of a terrorist attack to Neve Shalom are resting. Stop at Ortaköy, the very first point when the Sefarads disembark from the boat they used to seek shelter from the Spanish inquisition 5 centuries ago. While all other Kings and Emperors were avoiding them, Sultan Bayezit of the Ottoman Empire welcomed them to his realm, offering a safe and peaceful life. The day's last visit will be to the ETZ-AHAYİM Synagogue.
CHURCH OF PANAGIA BLACHERNAE, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin located near the Golden Horn. Famed with the hagiasma (fountain of holywater), good to cure health problems, and the Hagion Lousma (Sacred bath) good to clean the soul, where even emperor sought the grace of God to purify themselves.
Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.
|Number of Guests||Prices per person|
|10 up||94 €|
EXCLUDES• Drinks and all personal expenses.
Please note that Passport copies are required 5 days prior to tour day due to the permits to be taken for synagogue visits. You must bring your passport with you on this tour.
The synagogues are closed for visitors on every Saturday and Sunday.
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