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The Quincentennial Foundation Museum Of Turkish Jews, which has been in service since 2001 in Karaköy Perçemli Street, has welcomed its visitors to its new complex, The Neve Shalom Synagogue in December 2015 with its updated content and modern exhibition technologies. The museum consists of the presentation of the 2600 years of historical and cultural heritage of Turkish Jews in this land, their contributions to the social and state life of the country they live in; of sections presenting the history,the ethnography,The Midrash, where religious objects are exhibited, the traditions, the life cycle and the settlements. The midway hall, which establishes the physical connection between the Museum and Neve Shalom, which is located on 3 floors, enables the live viewing of religious ceremonies in the synagogue. Witnessing rituals such as circumcision, weddings and Bar Mitzvah actually makes the museum visitor a part of the ceremony. Equipped with contemporary museum concepts, interactive panels have been designed and technology has found its place in the museum with touch screens. In the Cultural Center, which is located in the basement and used for temporary exhibitions, periodical exhibitions are frequently held. In 2001, the Synagogue was put into service as a museum, with the valuable contributions of the Kamhi family, Naim A. Güleryüz's suggestions and design, within the framework of the celebration program by The Quincentennial Foundation. The building maintained this function until 2015.
Haskoy is one of the oldest districts where Jews used to live and one of the older still-used Jewish cemeteries is located there. During the many centuries the Haskoy Cemetery was used, as a result of earthquakes as well as the destructive intrusions of private people and official authorities, the plot has been significantly reduced. Especially in 1972 when highways and the Golden Horn Bridge were being built, hundreds of tombstones had to be moved.
Maalem Synagogue is a synagogue located on the slopes overlooking the Golden Horn near the Jewish old age home in the Hasköy district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is the only remaining open synagogue in an area that once had many Jewish residents. The synagogue is open for visits only during weekdays.
Learn the background story of the Jewish heritage in Istanbul. Our walk includes a deep understanding of the story of the Jewish population in Istanbul with the lead of a specialist guide. On the midnight of August 2, 1492, when Columbus embarked on what would become his most famous expedition to the New World, his fleet departed from the relatively unknown seaport of Palos because the shipping lanes of Cadiz and Seville were clogged with Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain by the Edict of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Where would they go? In the faraway Ottoman Empire, one ruler extended an immediate welcome to the persecuted Jews of Spain, the Sephardim. For 300 years following the expulsion, the prosperity and creativity of the Ottoman Jews rivaled that of the Golden Age of Spain. Today, the Jewish community in Turkey is composed of about 26,000 people, and most of them live in Istanbul. Jewish Museum of Turkey The museum is a well-designed place to learn the story of 700 years of amity between Turks and Jews. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the cultural heritage of the Turkish Jews. It’s an opportunity to understand the local Jewish heritage in Istanbul. Ahrida Synagogue Located in Balat near the Golden Horn, built by Jews of Ohri (Macedonia) more than 550 years ago and recently renovated during the Quincentennial Celebrations in 1992, the Ahrida Synagogue is known foremost for its boat-shaped bimah. The Town of Balat Balat housed the first Jews who settled in Istanbul after the Spanish expulsion. Today, it’s a middle-class neighborhood. As you walk through the town, you can see the oldest Jewish houses with their proud stars of David.
Welcome to our IJHT website ( Istanbul Jewish / Synagogues Heritage Tours ). Security in the Jewish community is very tight and To arrange the entries to the synagogues that we need to get your passport copies at least two days before the visits. This process is necessary by the Chief Rabbinate Office. Please note that the synagogues Require Entrance Fees which is included in our each Jewish / Synagogues Tour in Istanbul...An essential prelude to visit to any synagogue in Istanbul is contact with the Jewish Heritage Tour / Senguler Travel company in Sultanahmet Istanbul. s a Jewish Travel agency in Istanbul that we are specialized in Jewish Heritage / Synagogue Tours of Istanbul. By our Private Istanbul Jewish Tours, our professional tour guides will guide you through the old and new Jewish Neighborhoods of Istanbul. While visiting the synagogues in Istanbul, you will receive comprehensive information about the past and present Jewish life in Istanbul. Like our other private tours in Istanbul, we also custom design our private Jewish tours. We may also create itineraries that combine the Jewish sites with main sites Istanbul if our guests prefer to do so. Our agency provides the best Jewish tours in Istanbul since 2010 ...
Matan Baseter, one of the oldest institutions of the Turkish Jewish Community in terms of social assistance and solidarity, has contributed to the proper and honorable life of thousands of people/ family in need for more than a century. This helping hand, which has extended to those in need since 1917, took its place in a roof organization that includes other social services as well as Matan Baseter as a result of an evolutionary process that will catch up with the new generation today: YAD. ‘YAD’ means ‘EL’ in Hebrew. In a sense in Turkish, 'EL' means foreigner. At the same time, ‘EL’ is the hand extended for help. It reminds you of always being ready to help. For this reason, the purpose of YAD's existence is to provide opportunities to ensure the continuity and sustainability of Jewish life (society), to improve the opportunities for those in need in our society to lead a respectable life, to make them feel happy, to reach and touch them, to take care to help.
Caffe Eden, which is opened in the center of Ortaköy, is at the service of those who want to eat kosher meat, burgers, doner kebabs, lahmacun and pita bread. All meat served in the new kosher cafe / restaurant are produced in specially supervised facilities. The animals, which are slaughtered by the supervised martyrs in accordance with the martyr's rules, are delivered to the restaurant in accordance with the hygiene conditions after all the necessary controls are carried out. Caffe Eden's kitchen and food are constantly supervised by the observer in the restaurant. Caffe Eden has been adding new products to its menu every week since the day it opened. The disruptions seen in the opening and trial production processes are quickly eliminated and going further every day. Classic doner flip, meatballs, wet hamburger, New York hamburger, meat pita and crispy lahmacun are among the most sought after varieties by customers. Every Wednesday, special chicken doner kebab day is offered to those who prefer chicken. Caffe Eden, where specialties such as liver and stuffed meatballs will be offered on special occasions, offers its restaurant customers, which are freshly prepared every day, and are hosted in a warm atmosphere as if guests come to their homes. Caffe Eden also provides motor service to Bebek, Gayrettepe, Beşiktaş, Arnavutköy, Kuruçeşme, Ulus, Etiler, considering match days and meetings, when it is not desired to leave the house, when guests are hosted at home. In addition to these varieties, which are offered fresh daily, Denet market products can also be purchased from the restaurant. When a special order is placed, sluder liver, stony, wing, tongue orders that cannot be found everywhere can also be prepared and sent to the houses. A different feature of Caffe Eden is that between 15.00- 17.30 except Sunday, a 20 percent discount is applied to the products in the menu.
Welcome to Bulent Aslan's Home Page. I highly appreciate your visit. It will be my pleasure to guide you in this beautiful city of Istanbul where I lost myself. The life of one citizen is not enough to explore this city. I hope it can inspire you at least. I was born on January 20th 1975 in Istanbul and grew up in Izmir. Since my early childhood I always enjoyed travelling and exploring ancient civilisations. I learned English at the American College Institiute and studied tourism and hotel management at Bilkent University Ankara. My Professional Guiding Licence was issued by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of the Republic of Turkey, after graduation. I work as a freelance tour guide all around Turkey. I also guide for Turkish people all around the world and have been to more than 40 countries. As you see I can understand the needs and wants of international travellers. I am at your service for day tours or a round trip of Turkey. I will make sure to make your stay UNFORGETABLE…
I have been guiding in Turkey since 1997. There are 81 cities in Turkey and I have guided many times in 78 of them. I love our country's rich history but it's my passion to help my guests have an amazing time while touring as well as comprehend the details of our remarkable history. It has been my honor to guide so many visitors here to Turkey including Mr. Ahmet Ertegun, the owner of Atlantic Records, and Father Bartelamaos, the Greek Orthodox Patri Arch based in Istanbul who has taught me a lot about Greek Orthodox history here in Turkey. I've also been honored to guide the President of Caraiben islands and the senators of North Carolina & Chicago. As an English-speaking guide, I have hosted guests from all over the world whose shared langauge with me is English. I am passionate about "out of the way", cultural, Turkish cuisine, and unique shopping experiences.
Our business life, which started in Sultanahmet, the most visited touristic region of Istanbul in 1987, continues with the opening of our hotel in December 2021. Our hotel, located in Sultanahmet, at Actor Sokak No:26, is within walking distance of the most visited museums, mosques, churches, parks and performance areas in the historical peninsula. You can visit thousands of hundreds of years old structures, museums and open spaces that have hosted different cultures in about five minutes by walking through the narrow streets filled with nostalgia-filled historical houses. Places you can visit after leaving your hotel throughout the day: Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Blue Mosque, Hürrem Sultan Bath, Theodosius Obelisk, German Fountain, Million Stones, Yerabatan Cistern, Gülhane Park, Beyazıt Square, Grand Bazaar. Our hotel is close to the tram stop in Sultanahmet, making it easier for you to visit touristic spots in more distant areas. For those who want to join the Bosphorus tour, which is one of the must-do activities in Istanbul, Ahırkapı Pier is only a few minutes' walk from our hotel. Yenikapı Event area, where various shows, social events and concerts are held, is only 10 minutes away by taxi. You can choose our hotel for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday in a classically restored mansion in the heart of Istanbul, which has hosted civilizations throughout history.
The building was made from wood at the end of 18th century and it is situated at Sultanahmet quarter, which is at the core of the old Istanbul, the capital city of three great civilizations. The Sultanahmet Mosque and it’s social complex, the Sultanahmet square, where the building is situated, are surrounded by the Great Palace constructed during the Byzantine Empire era. The garden wall of the Great Palace is surviving today; you can take your breakfast at the shadow of the Great Palace wall at the Hotel Turkish House Sultanahmet; during the reconstruction of the hotel, structure remnants dating from the late Byzantine early Ottoman era were found; they were taken under protection as first degree archeological remnants and offered to the appreciation of hotel guests, being visible under a glass corridor. The historical building was reconstructed in traditional wood carcass system and architectural style, as in the original structure. The traditional “lath and plaster” technique is made through hammering wood lath on wood carcass with lime mortar. Wall and floor panels made with İznik tiles, which is a traditional Turkish art, bordures as well as ceramics are used in the building. Again wall motifs called “hand-drawn”, an Ottoman Turkish hand craft are drawn by artists. Stone wall technique is performed in the garden with original “Khorasan Coating”, “the marble of Marmara” is used in the bathrooms. The traditional wooden Turkish house built at Sultanahmet, Istanbul is an historical cultural asset, which should be preserved; the Hotel shall provide accommodation for its guests as a boutique hotel under the name of Hotel Turkish House Sultanahmet.