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Coffee and Culture - Bosphorous Boat trip up to the Black Sea

  • 26 Jun 2018
  • 10:30
  • start from Eminönü, Beşiktaş, Kanlıca, or Sarıyer pier
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The IWI’s monthly Culture and Coffee tour, led by our Asia-side coordinator Gabriele Sailer, takes to the Bosphorus in May with a fabulous trip planned up to the boarder of the Black Sea, followed by lunch.

At the very top end of the Bosphorus, as it nears channel into the Black Sea, sit two lighthouses opposite each other on either continental side of Istanbul’s iconic strait. On the European side is Rumeli Feneri; while Anadolu Feneri stands on the Asian side. 

Both lighthouses are sites of great historical importance and interest. During the Crimean War between 1853 and 1856, it became necessary to have lighthouses on both sides of the Black Sea entrance to the Bosphorus in order to ensure safe navigation for the French and British war ships. The French constructed Rumeli Feneri on the European side of the strait and improved the existing lighthouse of Anadolu Feneri.

Both lighthouses were fully operational on May 15, 1856. Anadolu Feneri was operated by the French until 1933 when the 100-years Concession was cancelled and the Turkish authorities took over.

These days, both areas are dotted with small fish restaurants where you can enjoy fresh fish direct from the fishing boats during the season. Our tour will take you by boat to both sides and will feature lunch in one of these eateries.

The IWI’s monthly Culture and Coffee tour, led by our Asia-side coordinator Gabriele Sailer, takes to the Bosphorus in May with a fabulous trip planned up to the boarder of the Black Sea, followed by lunch.

At the very top end of the Bosphorus, as it nears channel into the Black Sea, sit two lighthouses opposite each other on either continental side of Istanbul’s iconic strait. On the European side is Rumeli Feneri; while Anadolu Feneri stands on the Asian side. 

Both lighthouses are sites of great historical importance and interest. During the Crimean War between 1853 and 1856, it became necessary to have lighthouses on both sides of the Black Sea entrance to the Bosphorus in order to ensure safe navigation for the French and British war ships. The French constructed Rumeli Feneri on the European side of the strait and improved the existing lighthouse of Anadolu Feneri.

Both lighthouses were fully operational on May 15, 1856. Anadolu Feneri was operated by the French until 1933 when the 100-years Concession was cancelled and the Turkish authorities took over.

These days, both areas are dotted with small fish restaurants where you can enjoy fresh fish direct from the fishing boats during the season. Our tour will take you by boat to both sides and will feature lunch in one of these eateries.

üyükada, with its beautiful buildings, and where cars are banned, you can lose yourself in an age that has passed us by. Büyükada brings history, literally, back to life.

Join Becky (a resident of Buyukada) and Mimo for a walk to the Greek Orphanage, two small churches and with a sea side lunch near Luna Park.  The church, Aya Nikola Manastiri and chapel are usually closed for the general public.  Aya Nikola Manastiri houses a classroom, from a room in the Greek Orphanage.  The whole tour will take about 3 to 3.5 hours with about 1.5 hours of walking.  We will walk in the forest and by the sea with lovely vistas and a passing by look, of the beautiful wooden houses of Büyükada. The tour will end with a visit to the Splendid Palace Hotel built in 1908, for a cup of Turkish coffee and Turkish delight.

This will definitely not be your last trip to the Islands
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