Balat an Old Side of Istanbul


Balat is an old Jewish district in Istanbul where kids are friendly and people hang their washed clothes on the streets.

Whenever we pass through the Golden Horn area, through Balat, I can’t stop getting the feeling that its a great spot for taking photos… This is probably because I love taking photos of old buildings but even the kids there greet you with a huge smile on their face and are ever ready to pose for the camera!

Kids in Balat

Balat is actually a Jewish districts with a Jewish High School and a few Synagogues. The Jewish Hospital is still open to accept patients on the other side of the road as well. But my favorite part of Balat is the old wooden houses and the fact that people still hang their washed clothes from on window to the other…

So if you want to get a feel of old Istanbul, just wander around the streets of Balat…

written by nural on 2010-02-18 #places #kids #istanbul #old-town #location #diana-f #balat #jewish-settlement


  1. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    i haven't been to Balat, and I regret it ! You captured a part of the deep soul of the town, congrats ! That's a nice gallery !

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Sweet spot !

  3. nural
    nural ·

    @azurblue then you should come back!!!

  4. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Here we have a good example of what can be a trip to a fantastic place, without moving of house!!
    A magic place, with a lot of wonderfullll photos!!
    Congratulations nural!!!

  5. nural
    nural ·

    Lomographer Was Here! Nural

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