Our multicultural districts like Balat in Istanbul are really Koran. With both their assets and their experiences. The once notorious, dangerous streets are the favorite of many local outsiders today. From every religion, every sect is a neighborhood inhabited by thousands of people from every culture for centuries. It has embroided its streets in such a way that the colouriness and change retains its spirit despite all the new settlements. Of course, the coloured, cultural and social activity has become a center of attraction, Balat, which has been very spectacular. But what bothers me is that this is not a place where residents of the neighborhood are exhibited. It is essential that travellers and photo loggers do not approach residents like objects, models or exhibitions. We should not be bothered to observe the lives of those people and to disturb their lives. There must be spaces without disturbing the life of the trip.
One of the oldest districts of Istanbul is Balat. Byzantine, Ottoman, from there to the present, a historical and touristic neighborhood on the shores of the Golden Horn. The Patrikhane, the center of orthodoxy, is here. Mosques, churches and synagogues are together. In recent years, some of the old historical houses have been restored and started to serve as café, antique shop, restaurant. It’s a great place to spend a good day on the weekend and wander around in history.
Balat is a district between Ayvansaray and Fener on the shores of Haliç in Fatih district of Istanbul. The name Balat comes from the word “palation”, which means the Greek palace, and the neighborhood is known for its proximity to the Blaherna Palace in the walls. 1 2
The special significance of Balat in the history of Istanbul is that the Jews from Spain have been placed here and until recently it remains the main Jewish district. In addition, the Jews settled in the Balat area, which attracted Georgian Jews to this region. Jews from the Sefardim arm fled the Inquisition in Spain, II. They came to Istanbul with the invitation of Bayezid. From the 15th century, the Jewish community of Istanbul lived in Balat and in Haskovo opposite the Golden Horn.  The surviving examples of Jewish houses multiply into the neighborhood. These are usually three-storey, narrow front-faced, second and third-floor buildings that come out like a bay.
When the old Balat door is entered, the right side is the Yanbol synagogue and the Ahrida Synagogue, which was built by Jews from the Macedonian town of Ohrid. Balat’s oldest synagogue is believed to be here, but today’s building is 19. In the middle of the century.
The Jews of Balat emiphed to Israel from the 1950s. As the rest of the city moved to other districts, Balat remained very few Jews. The neighbourhood is also located in the Ayios Strati Orthodox Church. The main mosque in the district is Ferruh Kethüda Mosque, a monument of Mimar Sinan. Just beyond the mosque is the church of Surp Hreşdegabet, which was originally a Greek Orthodox church, but was given to the Armenian-Gregorian community in 1629.  In addition, the infrastructure of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Sports Club is located here.
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