-Lunch on the Tour
-Private Car with Driver and Guide
-Entrance fees to Museums and Historical Sites
JEWISH HERITAGE IN BEYOGLU AND GALATA AREA (1 full day private tour with lunch)
After you have your breakfast at your hotel we pick you up from your hotel then start our tour with
NEVE SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
Neve Shalom is one of the larger synagogues in the city, designed and decorated in a modern style. Inaugurated on March 25, 1951, it is used for major functions of the community such as weddings and funerals. The bema and ark are at the front of the hall, with seating around three sides.
JEWISH PRIMARY SCHOOL
Under the aegis of the Turkish National Education Ministry. Though the entrance to the school is around the corner from the synagogue, the buildings are actually adjoining.
THE ITALIAN SYNAGOGUE
The Italian Synagogue was founded in the 1880s by Istanbul Jews who, because of factional disputes within the community, placed themselves under the protection of the Italian ambassador. The front entrance of the synagogue's Gothic-like facade and marble staircase. The interior is appealing, harmonious, and well preserved, with double hanging arches in the balcony, a deep dome with stars and stained glass windows, and Turkish carpets on the floor.
Inaugurated in 1900, the facade of the Ashkenazi Synagogue is especially imposing, with three Oriental arches and octagonal rosette windows. Inside, the floors are of marble, the lofty dome is painted with stars, and the elaborately-worked ark of dark wood blends eastern European and Arabesque styles.
The staircase was built in the nineteenth century on the order of the Kamondos, the Jewish community's most prosperous family.
THE ZULFARIS SYNAGOGUE
Dating from 1671, is presently being restored as a museum of Turkish Jewish life. The Zulfaris was the main venue for weddings and funerals until the construction of Neve Shalom.
At the end of the day we will transfer you back to your hotel.