Istanbul - Western Districts (PDF Chapter)
It’s a great shame that so few visitors head to this fascinating part of town. Try to dedicate at least one day of your stay to exploring the area; two would be better.
- admire the mosaics and frescoes adorning the interior of one of İstanbul’s Byzantine treasures, Kariye Museum
- take a ferry up the Golden Horn to visit the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and enjoy the hilltop view from the terrace of Pierre Loti Café
- visit the Patriarchal Church of St George, one of Turkey’s major pilgrimage destinations, and wander up nearby Vodina Caddesi for a glimpse of Fener and Balat’s neighbourhood life
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife and Sports & Activities.