Istanbul - Western Districts (Chapter)
This is the Western Districts chapter from Lonely Planet's Istanbul guidebook.
A showcase of İstanbul’s ethnically diverse and endlessly fascinating history, this neighbourhood to the west of the Historic Peninsula contains synagogues built by the Jews in Balat and churches constructed by the Greeks in Fener.
- admiring the exquisite mosaics and frescos adorning the interior of one of İstanbul’s great Byzantine treasures, the Kariye Museum (Chora Church).
- Taking a ferry up the Golden Horn to visit Eyüp, home to İstanbul’s most important Islamic shrine.
- visiting the Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Church of St George, one of Turkey’s major pilgrimage destinations
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Walking Tour, Eating & Drinking and Sleeping
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