This trip is an interesting story of an old Byzantine quarter… Samatya is one of the oldest districts of Istanbul, one of the rare districts that still document the testimony of the past and preserved it until the present.

Samatya – a former sand warehouse, is a district of famous merchants and craftsmen whose names you can still hear today, a district where Greeks, Armenians, Jews, and Turks once lived together.

Places to visit:

  • City walls
  • Altınkapı
  • Yedikule
  • Railway workers’ church
  • Narlıkapı
  • Fish Museum on the Samatya coast
  • Studios Monastery – İmrahor İlyasbey Mosque
  • Church of Aya Constantine and Helena
  • Church of Hagios Nikolaos

After these visits, there will be a lunch break for Samatyi lunch, which is not included in the program.

  • AliHaydar
  • SamatyaDeveli Pisces in Matya
  • coffee/liquor in the Matya cafe
  • Sulu Monastery – Surp Kevork Armenian Church
  • Sancaktar Hayreddin Mosque – Gastrion Monastery
  • Cerrahpaşa Hospital
  • Base of Arkadius columns – Bulgur bazaar
  • Bulgur bazaar
  • Cerrahpaşa Mosque…

and many more buildings and stories along the way…

Some of these buildings may be closed because they are not museums and sometimes cannot be entered.

Tour type: on foot

Meeting Time:

End of the tour: around 16:00 – 17:00


  • Guide licensed by the Ministry of Culture
  • Headphones with language mutations
  • Drinks during the tour