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ISTANBUL JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR
A Cultural Experience


Ashkenazi Synagogue


Zulfaris Synagogue

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Private Government Licensed
   English Speaking Tour Guide

Private AC Vehicle with driver
Entry Fees
Service Charges and local taxes


TOUR ITINERARY:

Your English-speaking, professional tour guide and your AC deluxe vehicle will meet you in Istanbul.

 Experience Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul:

 Drive to Balat, a Jewish working-class district on the shores of the Golden Horn, which absorbed most of the settlers in the fifteenth century from Spain.  Visit the recently restored Abrida (Ahrida) Synagogue, (we need your full name, birthday and passport number in order to get the special permission for visiting the Synagogues in Istanbul), originally built in the 15thcentury and is the earliest synagogue in Istanbul.  The original 20-foot long oak bimah (teva), shaped either like Noah’s Ark or, like the Ottoman ship which brought the Sephardim to freedom from Spain to Turkey, can still be seen. 

Then proceed to Galata District. Begin your tour of Sephardic history at the Galata Quarter, a region which had been almost completely Jewish for more than 400 years.  Today, Galata is known throughout the world by it’s tower, built in 1348 by the Genoeses.  The Office of the Chief Rabbinate is also located in Galata.  Today, there are 16 synagogues in Istanbul that are still in use.  First, visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue used for most of the community functions today, also visit the Quintcentenial Foundation Jewish Museum recently located near the Synagogue.  The walk to Ashkenazy Synagogue dating from the nineteenth century and the only Ashkenazy synagogue in Istanbul, originally built by the Austrian Jews. After synagogue visits free time for lunch then walk to Schneidertempel Art Gallery (depending the exhibition schedule) and walk to Kamondo steps built in 19th century. Neo-Baroque and early Art Nouveau styles were fused here in the 1870s to create this curvaceous thoroughfare up one of Istanbul’s steepest hills. Abraham Salomon Camondo, of the wealthy Sephardic Jewish Camondo family, funded the construction. He inherited the banking and business success of his forefathers and went on to become the prime banker for the Ottoman Empire in the district of Galata where the stairs are located.

Jewish Cemetery may be visited depending your timing. Back to the starting point. End of our services.
 

 

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