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The district of Fener, where i took this photo last Sunday, is one of the most ancient in Istanbul, known to the Byzantines as Fanarion and to the Ottoman Greeks as Fanaraki. The Jews were settled after their expulsion from Spain, enlarging a community which had lived here since Byzantine times. In the 19th century it was famous for its masonry houses with richly decorated interiors in Turkish style and for its taverns.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate moved to its new site in the district of Fener in 1601, and from this time on wealthy Greek families began to settle in Fener. In the 19th century, however, they moved to new homes in Beyoglu on the other side of the Golden Horn, and Fener went into decline. Today it is a dilapidated but quaint area of steep cobbled streets and old stone houses with bay windows, where it is a pleasure to wander around, getting lost and discovering the many historic buildings here.

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