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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.
A must see when trying to visit more than just the top tourist highlights of the city. Wonderfully kept (and currently being resorted), compact church with unique mosaics and frescoes, and its own very Istanbul-specific history. Don't forget to stroll down to the city centre od the Golden Horn through the neighbourhood and have coffee in one of the many...
Well worth a visit. Why go to Istanbul and not visit such places. Almost criminal. Wear relaxed and comfy shoes and footwear. Respect the location and the religion. No hard sell experienced whilst walking in this area. Enjoyed the mosque an surrounding complex. Many people appear to be on a religous pilgramige. Lots from Malaysia, another wonderful Country, whilst I...
It is a very interesting holy and historic place. Inside the church there is a marble column. Jesus Christ had been chained on this column (in Jerusalem )
The atmosphere of the place makes you feel very nice.
"Architect Sinan's Expression of love for Mihrimah Sultan"
reviewed 9 July 2017 by novaman33
If you knew this love story before you visited the mosque, you would come to appreciate this place of worship even more. Inside it feels as feminine and beautiful as the daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent who took her along to his campaigns
to expand the empire, She was courageous and compassionate. With the help architect Sinan, she financed many...
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.
Wonderful service and delightful, unusual, very special dishes.
We had just toured the Topkapi Palace kitchens in the morning, and so the entire meal was especially delightful.
Cannot recommend highly enough!
I've been to this restaurant several times in last 5 years and it absolutely great. Service, food, everything. From salads, dolmas, kebabs, chicken under salt crust to kadayif and kunefe, everything is great
It is strongly recommended to taste the main dishes: Buryan and Mumbar.
Never miss it.
After finishing, check the market, you will find the butcher and grocery shops, where Turks buy home supplies at prices less than tourist bazaars. I recommend you visit Siirt Fatih Gida
The staff at the hotel were amazing, they made a fantastic city even better!
The bottom floor of the hotel had a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym, staff were always happy to help.
The hotel was not far from the metro at all.
Breakfast was different everyday and had a variety of food - hot food, cold food, pastries,...
I stayed in the this hotel many times I love the hotel Mr vural the director make you at home it very center of Istanbul near many places to visit .the service like you in 5 stars hotel once again thank you Mr vural for your hospitality
"Small and beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the Golden Horn"
reviewed 3 July 2017 by Agreena
We had a very pleasant experience staying at this hotel! We booked a suite with balcony at 2nd floor overlooking the Golden Horn. Beautiful old building, clean and confortable room/apartment (bed was very good), view from balcony was amazing, good area - not to close but not so far to the city center (you can either walk 20 min or...
I stayed at Hotel Venera in Istanbul and it was a surprised to meet unsmiling staff at the hotel during my stay for 5 days!
Hotel Venera is badly organized, standard single room is like a closet without window!
We stayed at this hotel for about A week and it was great time from start to finish , the arrival with welcome Turkish tea to the escort to our rooms all looked after by great gentleman "Ibrahim" and the rest of staff , breakfast included in our stay , the location is fantastic to all destinations and close to...