History and Continuity in Istanbul - Private Walking Seminar

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In this three-hour tour with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul
In this three-hour tour with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul
Gain not only an intellectual insight into the culture of Istanbul but an experiential one as well
Gain not only an intellectual insight into the culture of Istanbul but an experiential one as well
In this three-hour tour with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul
In this three-hour tour with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul
In this three-hour tour with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul
In this three-hour tour with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul
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What To Expect

A private tour of the neighborhoods along the Golden Horn starting from Fener, the Greek patriarchate, continuing to Balat and ending in Eyup.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Istanbul
Departs From:
Istanbul
Meeting Point:
Fener Ferry Pier
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
daily at 9:30 AM
Product Code:
7210
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Since antiquity, Istanbul has been a melting pot, hosting diverse populations of Christians, Jews, and Muslims--a layer cake of different people, from different traditions. In this three-hour tour of Balat with a local historian we'll pull back the layers of history in Istanbul and look closely at how these different population have inhabited the city. Our course will take us along the Golden Horn from Fener pier to Eyup, passing through the polyglot neighborhood of Ayvansaray. Along the way, we'll discuss the social and political history of Istanbul from the the Conquest of 1453 to present day, and how history is never fully abstract in this dynamic city.

Beginning in Balat, and in the company of a social historian, we'll focus on the cultural lives of the Greek, Armenian, and Jewish people who have called this area home since antiquity. We'll also discuss the waves of recent immigration that have brought a Muslim population--largely from Anatolia and largely conservative--into the neighborhood. And thus, much of this walk will attempt to frame and contextualize questions of identity in Istanbul today. This is an atmospheric walk, in which we will immerse ourselves in a part of the city normally overlooked by visitors. We'll pass by churches, synagogues and mosques all settled next to each other on narrow grid plan of cobbled stone streets. We'll stick our heads into alleyways, marketplaces, and coffee shops, and gain not only an intellectual insight into the culture of Istanbul but an experiential one as well.

As well, we'll look closely at the current rehabilitation of the 19th century masonary houses that are characteristic of Balat, taking place under the cultural heritage project of UNESCO. Our walk concludes in Eyup; one of the first Muslim settlements of the Ottoman Turks and a sacred part of historical Istanbul: Its mosque is dedicated to Eyup El Ensari, a companion and standard-bearer of the prophet Mohammed. After fully exploring this huge mosque complex, we will retire to the historical Pierre Loti coffee house overlooking the Golden Horn for mint tea or Turkish coffee, before we take the ferry back to Eminonu along the Golden Horn.

Highlights

  • Balat

  • Fener, Ayvansaray and Eyup neighborhoods

  • Synagogue (permission necessary)

  • Greek Patriarchate

  • Eyup Mosque

Includes

  • Services of a docent

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee. Please inquire.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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