Halic- The Golden Horn
horn-shaped estuary, divides European Istanbul. One of the best natural
harbors in the world, the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial
shipping interests were centered here. Today, lovely parks and promenades
line the shores where the setting sun dyes the water a golden color. In
Fener and Balat, neighbourhoods midway up the Golden Horn, whole streets
of old wooden houses, churches, and synagogues date from Byzantine and
Ottoman times. The Orthodox Patriarchy resides here at Fener. Eyüp, a
little further up, reflects the Ottoman style of vermicular architecture.
sprinkled with dark cypress trees cover the hillsides. Many pilgrims come
to the tomb of Eyüp in the hope that their prayers will be granted. The
Pierre Loti Cafe, atop the hill overlooking the shrine is a wonderful
place to enjoy the tranquility of the view.