Fener district,Istanbul (for Mehmet Bismis)

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Fener is a neighborhood midway up the Golden Horn within the district of Fatih in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Turkey. The streets in the area are full of historic wooden houses, churches, and synagogues dating from Byzantine and Ottoman eras. The area's name is a Turkish transliteration of the original Greek φανάρι (Classical: phanári, modern: fanári, "lantern").[1] It was so called for a column topped with a lantern which stood here in the Byzantine period.

After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Fener district was home to most of the Greeks who remained in the city. The Patriarch of Constantinople moved to the area as well and is still located there. As a result, "Phanar" (the traditional spelling) is often used as shorthand for the Ecumenical Patriarchate just as "Vatican" is used for the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. Under the Ottoman Empire, the Greek inhabitants of Fener were called "Phanariotes". Wealthy Phanariotes were appointed as governors over provinces in Turkish Europe, particularly as voivodes of Wallachia and Moldavia between 1711 and 1821.(Wikipedia)

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Comments (133)

Giorgos Dimitriadis on June 19, 2013

Thanks a lot dear Pepino for kind comment and YsL 32/63

Maciej K on September 29, 2013

Incredible atmosphere is emanating from this photo. YSL 33.64

Giorgos Dimitriadis on September 29, 2013

Thanks a lot Maciejk for nice comment and YsL 33/64

ROSTAMDALILA on January 27, 2014

Nádherný snímek útulné uličky ve starém Istanbulu! Mnoho přátelských pozdravů z Potštejn!-34/65

Giorgos Dimitriadis on January 27, 2014

Thanks a lot Jarda for kind comment and YsL 34/65

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F+L. С наилучшими пожеланиями из Карелии, Fen

Giorgos Dimitriadis on February 9, 2014

Thanks a lot Fen for nice comment and YsL 35/66

Andreas Pusch on April 17, 2014

wonderful old street view . "real life" ++++ LIKE +++ FAV 36 ++++ best wishes from germany Andreas

Giorgos Dimitriadis on April 17, 2014

Thanks a lot Andreas for kind comment and YsL 36/67

sogesehen - No Views… on May 14, 2014

Herrliches Foto - man spürt die Sonne und hat den vermeintlichen Geruch in der Nase - das ist richtige Fotografie (da kommt was rüber) ysl Manfred

Giorgos Dimitriadis on May 14, 2014

Thanks a lot Manfred for nice comment and YsL 37/68

Natmara on November 19

"L&f" George, pour votre très belle et très sympathique capture photographique.

Giorgos Dimitriadis on November 19

Thanks a lot Gilles for kind comment and YsL 38/69

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  • Uploaded on June 1, 2012
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    by Giorgos Dimitriadis
    • Camera: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD. SP-2000