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Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul - 1/0
Jewish Heritage Tour in lstanbul
After the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Sultan Mehmed II encouraged immigration to repopulate the city Jewish communities were invited to take up residence at Hasköy on the eastern bank of the Golden Horn. Under Sultan Beyazid II, Hews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were encouraged to establish themselves in the Ottoman Empire. In Istanbul the new immigrants setttled mostly near the Balat quarter on the western bank of the Golden Horn where a Jewish community had existed since Roman times, Jews also settled in villages along the western shore of the Bosphorus.
Except Balat, the area around the Galata Tower in Beyoglu is of prime interest to visitors toruing the Jewish interest sites. The neigborhood has bustling Street life the synagogues have great historical and artictic value and all sites are within easy walking distance of one another.
*** We arrange the tour except Saturday and Sunday ***
· Advance Reservation Required
· We need your passport copies by e-mail or fax for visit permits to the synagogues
· Passports required for security at the entrance to the synagogues during the tour
· The visiting times of the synagogues are given by the Rabbinate & time can be changed according to their activities in the synagogues.
*** Passports required during the tour ***
THE SCHEDULE OF THE VISIT (FULL DAY&PRIVATE TOUR)
08:30 : Pick-up from the hotel
09:00 : Ashkenazi Synagogue
09:30 : Kamondo Steps
10:30 : Ahrida Synagogue and Balat Quarter
11:30 : Etz-Ahayim Synagogue at Ortaköy
12:30 – 13:30 : Lunch
14:00 : Jewish Museum and Neve Shalom Synagogue
15:00 : Ulus Jewish Cemetery
15:30 : End of the tour and return back to the hotel
The Ashkenazi Synagogue : It is the only currently active Ashkenazi Synagogue in Istanbul to visit and pray. Located close to Galata Tower. Founded by Ashkenazim of Austrian origin in 1900i it is the last remaining synagogue among a total of three built by Ashkenazim.
Kamondo Steps: Built in 1860 by Istanbul’s foremost Jewish family. The gorgeous staircase has become one of the most photographed landmarks in Beyoglu.
Ahrida Synagogue: It is located in Balat quarter and oldest synagogue in Istanbul. Built by Jews of Ohri. (Macedonia) It is known foremost by its boat-shaped bimah. (Noah’s Ark)
Etz-Ahayim Synagogue: Located in Ortaköy which is around the Bosphorus Bridge… First synagogue burned down in 1941, only the marble Aron-ha-Kodesh remaining. They do all services and avaliable to visit.
Neve Shalom Synagogue&Jewish Museum: It is the largest synagogue in Istanbul. Built in 1951. Most of the Jewish communities prefer that synagogue for all services about their tradition and religion. The Jewish Museum is into Neve Shalom Synagogue.
Jewish Cemetery in Ulus: It is a burial ground of Ashkenazi Jewish community in Istanbul. However, it is also used today for Sephardi burials due to overpopulation of the nearby Ulus Sephardi Jewish Cemetery.
· Full day transportation by a private car and driver
· Professional English Speaking Tour Guide and
· Lunch (beverages not included)
· Entry fee to the museum and synagogues