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 Synanogue. 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 Synanogue and Schneider Temple Cultural Center which was an old synanogue previously. The last place in the morning tour is Askenazi Synanogue which is the only active Askenazi Synanogue in Istanbul.
Half Day Afternoon Jewish Heritage Tour in Istanbul: The afternoon tour starts with a visit to Neva Salom Sinagogue is the largest sinagogue 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 Synanogue, used as Turkey Jewish Museum today (located within Neva Salom). The last place in the afternoon is Etz Ahayim Synanogue in Ortakoy, active Sepharadim Synanogue.
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)
All tours provided by Professional English speaking guides experianced on Jewish Heritahe sites in Istanbul.
Air-conditioned vehicles used for the tours
Passport copies of the tour attenders required 2 weeks advance for permission process
Our company is not responsible for last minute cancellations of the visits to the sites done by related authorities