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Ashkenazi Synagogue

The synagogue was constructed by the Ashkenazi Jews who came to Istanbul from Austria. The architect of the synagogue was Gabriel Tedoschi. The biggest financial support to the construction of the temple was given by Herman Goldenberg.

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Ahrida Synagogue

The Ahrida synagogue was completely destroyed in the fire of 1690 and reconstructed. The last restoration took place between 1990 and 1992 by the Turkish architect Hüsrev Tayla. The temple was reopened on the 16th November 1992.

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Galata Neighborhood

The Jewish community in Istanbul used 15 neighborhoods to live in but not all at once. Because of disasters, fires or socaial reasons, there was a migration between the different districts. As there were no gethos in Istanbul communities from different ethnical or religious

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Ulus Mausoleum

At the entrance of the cemetery, there is a memorial reserved to those massacred during the terrorist attacks of 1986 and 2003. At the back side of the memorial, the graves of 23 Turkish Jews killed in the attack of 1986. It is thought-provoking because Turkey

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Ortaköy Neighborhood

Ortakoy is the 3rd biggest Jewish neighborhood in Istanbul. Today, one of the most crowded district of Istanbul, Ortakoy was, for centuries the cradle of different cultures, civilization and religions.

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Neve Shalom Synagogue

The meaning of the name is Oasis of Peace. There was another synagogue with the same name in the history of Istanbul’s Jewry. In 1923, during the opening ceremony of Apollon (Knesset)

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Quincentennial Museum

The name of the synagogue comes from the street of the synagogue: Zulf-U Arus. Zulf-u Arus in old Turkish means the fringe of a bride. Because most of the Jewish weddings were held in this temple,

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Balat Neighborhood

The first synagogue known in Istanbul was from the 4th century and was converted to a church by the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II. The oldest synagogue still active today is from 1404;

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Jewish History
After the conquest of Istanbul, Moshe Kapsili was pointed the chief rabbi and took the task to organize the Jewish community. During the reconstruction of Istanbul as the third and last capital of the Ottoman Empire, Jews coming from all around the Empire were settled in Balat, Haskoy, Galata and Eminonu. Istanbul had another Jewish migration … The Jews who came to Istanbul were welcomed by the Sultan Beyazid II. himself. The Sultan knew that those coming to the Empire would also bring their cultural background, their knowledge and they would be useful to the Ottoman Empire. After the marriage between Manuel I, king of Portugal and the daughter of Ferdinand, king of Spain, in 1497,… The case of Nissim Navaro, among many others, is an example of the Jewish behavior. After the Monroe treaty, some minorities living in Izmir took down the Turkish flag at the entrance of the Splendid Hotel and pulled up a Greek flag in its place. A Turkish Jew named Nissim Navaro took down the Greek flag. Another example is the inauguration of the Sirkeci…
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