Istanbul - Turkey
Walking tour in the most interesting neighbourhoods of Istanbul
The history of Jewish presence in Turkey dates back to some thousands of years, but it got more significant during the Ottoman Period. When the inquisition was expelling Jews who lived in Italy, Portugal and Spain, Sultan Beyazid II made a formal invitation to the Jews living in these countries. From that moment on the Jewish Heritage Istanbul has started do be built.
On this unique half-day walking tour around main landmarks of Jewish Heritage in Istanbul you will see:
Galata district: An old Jewish settlement area. In historic documents, Galata is often called Pera, which comes from the old Greek name for the place, Peran en Sykais, literally "the Fig Field on the Other Side"
Neve Shalom Synagogue: Built in response to an increase in the Jewish population in the old Galata neighbourhood in the late 1930s and is today the largest synagogue in Turkey.
Zulfaris Synagogue: Officially Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews, was established in 1989 by 113 Turkish citizens, Jews and Muslims alike, to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the arrival of Sephardim to the Ottoman Empire.
The Camondo family´s house: The Camondo family was a prominent European family of Jewish financiers and philanthropists, became famous for their scholarship and for the services which they rendered to their adopted country
The Camondo Steps: A famous pedestrian stairway designed with a unique mix of the Neo-Baroque and early Art Nouveau styles, was built in circa 1870–1880 by Abraham Salomon Camondo.