Balat is one of the characteristic districts of Istanbul that smells of history. It is one of the most fascinating areas of the city with its colorful houses, historical texture and cultural diversity. Let me tell you while I take you around Balat.

First of all, the location of Balat… This district is located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, on the northern shore of the Golden Horn. Its history dates back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The unique view of the Golden Horn makes the region unique. While walking here, you can get lost in the streets intertwined with history.

It is a must to go to Balat because it is like the heart of Istanbul. While walking around here, its historical texture will take you away. As you walk through its streets, a different story is hidden in each building. Colorful houses invite you to a warm and friendly atmosphere. It is truly fascinating to follow the traces of ancient times in this district.

If you talk about must-see places, we should first visit the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. This area offers a wonderful blend of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. While walking on its streets, you can discover historical buildings such as Ayios Dimitrios Church and Bulgarian Church. Arnavutköy Street is dazzling with its colorful walls and historical houses. Here, you feel that this is a district intertwined with history at every step.

When it comes to food and drink, you can find many options here according to your taste. Especially fish restaurants, taverns and street delicacies are indispensable here. Eating the famous fish bread with a view of the Golden Horn can be a truly enjoyable experience. Additionally, the neighborhood’s cafes complement the atmosphere of this place.

You will enjoy visiting historical buildings in Balat, getting lost in its streets and taking photos among the colorful houses. What’s even more special is the cultural diversity of this place and the friendliness of the people. When you come here and wander around these streets intertwined with history, the friendly conversations you have with people can really impress you.

Balat is one of the most special and characteristic districts of Istanbul. This is a place where you can get away from the chaos of the city and travel into the depths of history. The mystical view of the Golden Horn and the ancient texture of the streets push you to imagine what Istanbul was like once upon a time. If you come, it is almost impossible not to be fascinated by this district. If you want to have an unforgettable experience, set out from Aspera Hotel Golden Horn in the Heart of Pera, Where the Continents Meet, and visit this historical and colorful place in Istanbul.