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About Fener, Istanbul

Fener is a neighborhood midway up the Golden Horn within the district of Fatih in Istanbul, Turkey. The streets in the area are full of historic wooden mansions, churches, and synagogues dating from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. The wooden mansions between the main axis and the shore were often used for importing wood from Pontus or the Black Sea area. Their picturesque facades were largely destroyed due to street widening requirements in the 1930s and later.The area's name is a Turkish transliteration of the original Greek φανάριον (a lighting lantern, a streetlight, a lightpost with a light lantern - from φανός: a lighting lantern; syn. πυρσός: light-torch, φάρος: beacon, lighthouse) (Classical: phanárion, modern: fanári, "lantern"). It was so called for a column topped with a lantern which stood there in the Byzantine period - used as a public light or marine and/or other purpose locator/beacon. After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Fener district became home to many of the Greeks in the city. The Patriarchate of Constantinople moved to the area as well and is still located there. As a result, "Phanar(i)" (the traditional spelling) is often used as shorthand for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, just as "Vatican" is used for the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church. During the Ottoman period, the Greek inhabitants of Fener were called "Phanariotes" and were important assistants to the Sultan in various capacities and offices. Wealthy Phanariotes were appointed as governors over provinces in Turkish Europe and Greece, and as hospodars of Wallachia and Moldavia between 1711 and 1821. The Phanar contains the patriarchal cathedral of St. George. Its main entrance is never opened since the hanging in 1821 of the patriarch there at the time of Greek independence. An important Bulgarian church lies between the patriarchate and the shore of the Golden Horn. There are a number of other barely used Greek Orthodox churches. In 1941, a great fire destroyed the Patriarchal Palace in Fener; a new palace was erected in 1989 by P. Aggelopoulos.

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Check out detailed information of Fener which resides in the Istanbul. Missed by most of the visitors, Fener is unique in its own way.

Abounding of places like Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Miniaturk and Grand Bazaar, city name has great things to do that are totally worth your time.

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Istanbul by Night: Turkish Dinner and Show
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Istanbul by night means floodlit mosques, a fabulous Turkish dinner and a spectacular floorshow with bejeweled belly dancers. It's the ultimate Turkish experience!

Istanbul Port Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to Central Istanbul
View Deal Istanbul Port Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to Cen... 47 Reviews | Duration: Varies From USD 15.89/person

For a hassle-free cruise transfer, arrange a private driver from Istanbul Port to Central Istanbul. Transfer services are available 7 days a week. When making a booking, you will need to advise your cruise details and your Istanbul tour details (if applicable).

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour
View Deal Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour 61 Reviews | Duration: 5 hours From USD 82.48/person

Discover Istanbul’s culinary delights on a 5-hour evening food tour of the capital. Led by an expert local guide, your tour includes visit to all the food hotspots around the city that many tourists don’t even know about. Check out a traditional ‘simit’ bakery, grill your own kebabs on an open fire in a barbeque restaurant, and visit a ‘meyhane’ (Turkish tapas bar) for meze and live music!

Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group food tour, ensuring you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Private Istanbul Express Sightseeing Tour
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When you’re docked at Istanbul port, make a beeline for three of the city’s showstoppers on this 4-hour private shore excursion that's ideal for anyone who's short on time. With a knowledgeable guide beside you, visit the 6th-century masterpiece of the Hagia Sophia to marvel at its exquisite mosaics and soaring dome. Also, explore the stunning, blue-tiled Blue Mosque and roam the stall-packed lanes of the Grand Bazaar as your guide reveals its history and Ottoman design. Experience the best sights and attention from your guide on this private excursion.

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