ISTANBUL JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR
According to the oldest evidences about the jewish settlement in Anatolia goes back to the 4th century BC.In the Byzantine and Ottoman Periods there was a Jewish Settlement in the country.
According to the oldest evidences about the jewish settlement in Anatolia goes back to the 4th century BC.In the Byzantine and Ottoman Periods there was a Jewish Settlement in the country. In 1492 Sultan Beyazit II ordered the governers of provinces of the Ottoman Empire " not to refuse the Jews entry or cause them difficulties, but to receive them cordially."Then the sepharadim jews came and settled down in Turkey.
We provide half day tours or a full day tour for Jewish Heritages in Istanbul
Half Day Morning Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul: Our tour starts with visiting Ahrida Synagogue. It was built around 1500s by Romaniotes (Greek Jews), from the city of Ohrid (called 'Ahrid' in Greek) in what was then the Ottoman Empire and is now the Republic of Macedonia. After visiting the museum we drive to the Golden Horn visit the Balat quarter, walking among the old Jewish houses which the star of David can be seen on the façades. Then we will visit Italian Synagogue and Schneider Temple Cultural Center which was an old Synagogue previously. The last place in the morning tour is Askenazi Synagogue which is the only active Askenazi Synagogue in Istanbul.
Half Day Afternoon Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul: The afternoon tour starts with a visit to Neva Salom Synagogue is the largest Synagogue in Turkey, built and opened in 1951, the most religious ceremonies are held here. We walk around Galata district (old Jewish settlement area), see the Camondo family´s house and Steps. (Camondo family was a Banker family in the ottoman period who lived and buried in istanbul). Then we will visit the Zulfaris Synagogue, used as Turkey Jewish Museum today (located within Neva Salom). The last place in the afternoon is Etz Ahayim Synagogue in Ortakoy, active Sepharadim Synagogue.
Full day Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul : The combination of the half day morning and afternoon tours mentioned above with a lunch break (can be in Kosher restaurant Levi)