GALATA: JEWISH QUARTER OF ISTANBUL
Istanbul has been the host of a vibrant Jewish community for over 1,000 years. After the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul, he encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Over half a million Jews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were settled in here and named Istanbul as their home. The immigrated population mostly settled in Galata – a quarter on the northern bank of the Golden Horn – where has been preferred residence of the Jewish community since the early days of the Ottoman Era in Istanbul.
ın Galata we can wander around the neighborhood, exploring its lively streets that brings joy and peace to our souls. We can stop by at synagogues, the Jewish Museum, Jewish Apartments, historical sites that provides us more insight about the Jewish legacy in the area. We can also have chance to learn the inspiring story of Abraham Kamondo.
We can discover Galata Mevlevi House and learn about Rumi and the culture of whirling dervishes.
Last but not least, we can enjoy the mesmerizing panoramic view of the city from the top of Galata Tower.
What else would one expect from an excursion, right?