Start to Discover Istanbul’s Jewish Culture with Jewish Heritage Tour of Istanbul on this Full-Day Private Tour. Istanbul has been an attractive city for the Jewish people for centuries. Although they have always been a tiny minority group in the city, you can see and feel their significant marks throughout the city. Get ready to follow the early steps of Jewish society in the city of Istanbul. On this private tour, you will visit the Jewish Museum and many Synagogues. You can also check all our Daily City Tours and Excursions in Istanbul and start to plan your itinerary for Istanbul-Turkey.
Meet with your professional guide and start your day tour Jewish Heritage in Istanbul.
First you will visit Galata, a Jewish neighborhood. Visit the Galata Tower, built by the Genoese in 1303. Then visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue . Located near the Galata Tower, the facade of the building is especially imposing, with three oriental arches and octagonal rosette windows. Inside, the floors are of marble, the lofty dome is painted with stars, and the elaborately- worked ark, of dark wood, blends eastern European and Arabesque styles. It is the only active Ashkenazi Synagogue open to visits and prayers. Founded by Ashkenazim of Austrian origin in 1900, it is the last remaining synagogue among a total of three built by Ashkenazim.
Before leaving Galata Quarter, we will see a graceful curved double staircase, known as Kamondo Staircase. The staircase was built in the nineteenth century on the order of the Kamondos, the Jewish community’s most prosperous family. Further we will proceed to the Zulfaris Synagogue which was restored to become a museum of Turkish Jewish life. This synagogue was the main venue for weddings and funerals until the construction of Neve Shalom. Then you will visit the Jewish Museum. You will see the Ottoman and Turkish influence on the Jewish community in Turkey and it is unique and the only museum of its kind in a museum country. The museum is located in Neve Shalom synagogue, where many weddings and Bar Mitzvahs’ take place today.
Finally, we will have a chance to see the city’s Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim) from the outside, before our tour ends.
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