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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.
It was also the first one I visited that was not undergoing major restoration, thus allowing one to an unobstructed portal to its beauty.There are many touring companies that send guides with you if needed.
Few people visit this beautiful mosque meaning, you can have this place mostly to yourself when you visit.
Built by architect Mimar Sinan (same architect who built Sulteimaniye Mosque) under the order of Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman. The mosque was completed around 1570.
"Principal Eastern Orthodox cathedral, home of the Patriarchate since 1600"
reviewed 21 August 2019 by Carol A S
The Cathedral Church of St. George (a.k.a. Yorgi Kilisesi) is located in the Fener (Phanar) district, and is the principal Eastern Orthodox cathedral, seat of the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate since 1600. (The Patriarch is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, equivalent to the Pope for Roman Catholics). Prior to the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the...
I use to go to Istanbul 3 times a year, last time for 3 weeks, ISince I'm Italian I miss my PIZZA and the best place for it or for a Pide is FORNO in Balat, the district is really nice and out of the normal tourist itinerary (yet), if you are not in the mood for a good pizza...
This is my boyfriends 25th time at the hotel and my second. Arriving from the airport in the evening on a Sunday and greeted with a warm welcome from all the staff (Doorman to Front Desk) especially from Bouchra Salem who always is so genuine and welcoming! Because it was women's day she gave us cookies and a flower. It...
we stayed from 01 to 06 March 2020 with my children The hotel is very well located. We had a pleasant stay at this hotel. The staff are very caring and very helpful. A little home in Istanbul! We are very satisfied! We recommend this hotel for your future trips to Istanbul. Greeting LAZAAR.
Highly recommend staying at the Millennium whilst in Istanbul. The service is exceptional. The staff at attentive, warm and friendly. The rooms are beautifully decorated. The daily shuttle made getting into the centre really convenient. Thank you to Alican and the team for a wonderful stay
The features of this hotel don't fall nicely into the categories below, so I was "not sure" about many answers. What I know for sure is that I loved this hotel (stayed two different times, total of 5 nights, over the month of April) and would definitely come again! The owner and staff (those who speak good English) were very...
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...