Our IWI guided walks partner Monica Fritz is well known for her photography, and for this tour she will be sharing her passion and providing some great photo opportunities for us.
We start with a walk through gentrified Karaköy and a visit to the Russian Orthodox church hidden away in a dilapidated apartment building. Then we’ll take a short ferry ride across the Golden Horn to Fener, and take a brief coffee break in the quaint and colourful neighbourhood. From there, we head up to the scenic hilltop looking over the old peninsula between fig trees and shacks.
Down the road, we will enter the only Byzantine church that has never been converted into a mosque, Mary of the Mongols, with its lovely courtyard looking over the prominent Greek Boys school. Crossing over the street, we will enter the most conservative neighbourhood of the city, named Carsamba after its Wednesday market, and take a detour to visit the splendid Pammakaristos church with its 12th century Byzantine mosaics. From there, we will explore the fascinating back streets of the relatively new Syrian area for lunch in one of their best local eateries.
The walk will be conducted at a leisurely pace in order to notice details, and feel the atmosphere of the different areas and locals. Participants will be encouraged to stop and take photographs when they see something inspiring, and to ask questions about their photography.
Lunch, coffee and local transportation are not included in the fee.
© International Women of Istanbul 2017