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Patriarchal Church of St. George

Patriarchal Church of St. George Tours and Tickets

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Istanbul’s Church of St. George has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople since 1600. Since the fall of the Ottomans, the Greek population of Istanbul has largely emigrated, so today it’s more of a symbolic center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate than anything else, but the spiritual leader of the world’s 260 million Greek Orthodox, Bartholomew I, continues to hold services here, and Orthodox Christians from Greece and across Eastern Europe stream though the church as pilgrims.

With its 19th-century neo-Classical facade which was constructed after severe fire damage, the church may look modest on the outside, but go inside and it’s a different story. Notice the Patriarch’s marble throne at the center of the altar, the huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and gold everything. Inside you’ll also find beautiful mosaic icons, and over the altar look out for the two-headed Byzantine Eagle. Just behind the church you can see the offices of the Patriarchate as well as the Patriarchate Library.

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Open to the public 8:30am to 4pm
Yavuz Sultan Selim Mh, Istanbul, Turkey
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Small Group Istanbul Uncovered Walking Tour

Small Group Istanbul Uncovered Walking Tour

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Whether you have just one day and want to get in as much in as possible or whether you are here for a while and want to get your bearings. The Istanbul In A Day Tour has got you covered. Roman Hippoddrome,Hagia Sophia,Grandbazaar and more. We'll hit the iconic sites, and the off the beaten path hidden gems and we will do it by public transportation and foot the way locals do it every day. We will explore not just the iconic sites, but seldom seen hidden gems that most tourists never get to experience. Our tours offer a local and immersive perspective of Istanbul. During your tour with us, you will get to know the transportation system and feel more comfortable navigating throughout the rest of your visit. We keep our groups small at up to 13 guests. With the personal and intimate experience we offer, you don't have to worry about looking like a tourist.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.07
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Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Pierre Loti Tour

Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Pierre Loti Tour

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See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this tour, including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop cafe.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Semi Private - Constantinople Tour of Istanbul: Discovering the Byzantine Empire

Semi Private - Constantinople Tour of Istanbul: Discovering the Byzantine Empire

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Realize the true impact of the Byzantine Empire on Turkey during this 3-hour guided history of Constantinople tour in Istanbul. Step back in time almost 1700 years and discover how Istanbul’s famous religious architecture and monuments took shape during this age of Christianity. Explore prime examples such as the Holy Virgin at the Church of St Mary of Blachernae, the Walls of Constantinople, and the ruins of Blachernae Palace. The legacy created by the Byzantine empire is uncovered on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.50
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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Gaze over land and sea on this guided Istanbul city tour with a Bosphorus Strait sightseeing cruise. Aboard a comfy coach, discover the lively neighborhoods of Fener and Balat, and drive along the Golden Horn for spectacular views. With your expert guide experience the vibrant Spice Bazaar and then board a charming sightseeing cruise to traverse the Bosphorus viewing highlights like the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.19
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Golden Horn Tour of Byzantine Istanbul

Golden Horn Tour of Byzantine Istanbul

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Learn about Istanbul’s Byzantine history on this small-group walking tour. In the company of a guide, leave Sultanahmet and stroll up the Golden Horn. Walk along the Byzantine walls of the city, and at points travel in a comfortable vehicle to make your journey easier. Pause for a midday break in the neighborhood of Balat, and visit the Greek Patriarchate in Fener.
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  • 6 hours
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$78.63
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Circle Istanbul (Extraordinary Istanbul)

Circle Istanbul (Extraordinary Istanbul)

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If you’ve already seen the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, this Circle Istanbul tour will take you beyond the most-visited sights to discover Istanbul’s lively neighborhoods, vibrant culture, and tasty cuisine. Visit the districts of Karakoy, Kadikoy, and Balat, cross over to the Asian side of the city, and take a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus. Along the way, enjoy delicious Turkish meals and a traditional Turkish bath experience.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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Private & Guided Fener - Balat Walking Tour - Istanbul Off The Beaten Track.

Private & Guided Fener - Balat Walking Tour - Istanbul Off The Beaten Track.

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Istanbul historically was home to Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities, and the traces of all three are still all over the city. Explore some of the harder-to-reach monuments and buildings on a full-day private walking tour with a guide. Stroll through the backstreets of Fatih and visit some of the city’s most impressive imperial mosques, before continuing on to the colorful neighborhoods of Fener and Balat.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Private and Guided Off The Beaten Paths Of Istanbul

Private and Guided Off The Beaten Paths Of Istanbul

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See a wide range of Istanbul’s cultural heritage and skip the long lines on this customizable driving tour. In the company of a guide, depart from your hotel in a private air-conditioned minivan and make your way into the city. Stop at the Chora Museum, Suleymaniye Mosque, the neighborhoods of Fener and Balat, Pierre Loti Hill, and more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Explore the 'hip' districts: Fener & Balat

Explore the 'hip' districts: Fener & Balat

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If you want a richer, deeper, and more unique experience of the character, authenticity and traditions of this multi-civilizational city, then a guided walking tour of the Fener and Balat areas in the old city is for you. You will see churches, synagogues and mosques side by side and see impressive sights of religious co-existence dating back centuries ago. Our qualified and licenced tour guides can guide you, as part of a customised tour suited to your wants and needs, through the subtle magic of the narrow, steep and winding streets, detailing their history and present day significance whilst sharing their personal insight.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.09
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Private Istanbul Tour in 1, 2 or 3 Day

Private Istanbul Tour in 1, 2 or 3 Day

Visit most popular sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide who has skip-the-line priority in 1-2 or 3 days; DAY-1 Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace. DAY-2 Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim-Istiklal Street. DAY-3 Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.26
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Private Guided Tour in Fener Balat Neighbourhood

Private Guided Tour in Fener Balat Neighbourhood

The historical districts of Fener and Balat will be visited with accompany of a professional tour guide will give you a chance to see most authentic atmosphere of the area. The live commentary of a professional local tour guide is at high importance as all churches have different history and importance in life of people who live in Istanbul both in christian and Muslim communities. In the narrow streets of Fener and Balat districts we will see small shops selling local products and original artifacts of artists who is trying to enrich the modern culture of area. Auctions in one of these small shops can be witnessed in various hours of the day and traditional vendue culture of Turkish people will be a joy if it's your first time to experience such a thing in your life. Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is one of our stops to do praying in historical center and you can drink from ayazma of church (holy spring of orthodox greeks) Please remember Sundays are always more crowded than other days
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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The Exotic Istanbul - Private Tour (with Chora Church, Fener & Balat)

The Exotic Istanbul - Private Tour (with Chora Church, Fener & Balat)

See second part of Istanbul Top 10 List. Visit the Underground Cistern, walk along Divanyolu Street (the Imperial Road) until Suleymaniye Mosque, the most impressive work of architect Sinan. Wander down to Eminonu area, strolling through the bazaar quarters. Short visit to the Spice Market (the Egyptian Bazaar) and we then continue with the Chora (Kariye) Church Museum after lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you will discover Istanbul's two of the most photographed neighborhoods.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
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Byzantium Spirit of Istanbul

Byzantium Spirit of Istanbul

Today we feel the spirit of Byzantium of Istanbul. Our first visit is to the natural naval harbour of the Byzantines named “the Golden Horn” because of its hornlike shape and the golden reflection of the glittering waves under the sunshine when viewed from the hilltops. Visit the Patriarchate at Fener which has been the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’s declaration of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin Mary and famed for its “Hagiasma” (holy water) and “Hagion Lousma” (sacred bath). The Anemas Dungeons (seen from outside, The Tekfur Palace, the only surviving Pavillion of the Blachernae Palace and the next stop on this tour is the amazing Church of St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum), originally a Byzantine monastery with exquisite mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the Bible. The Byzantine city walls will be in our list today. Join us!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.64
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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Asian Side, and Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Asian Side, and Dolmabahce Palace

Experience the many faces of Istanbul in one day on this small-group tour. Explore the Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans, visit the Asian side for panoramic city views from Camlica Hill, and enjoy a cruise between the continents on a Bosphorus cruise. Plus, visit other attractions often missed off itineraries, including the Fener Greek Patriarchate and Spice Market. Transport, lunch, and Sultanahmet and Taksim hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.89
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Patriarchal Church of St. George hours of operation: Open to the public 8:30am to 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.