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Jewish Heritage Sites in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Turkey


Of the 25,000 Jews living in Turkey, 22,000 of them reside in Istanbul. Most of them are ancestors of those expelled from Spain in 1492. Although they are Orthodox Jews, their practices are a bit different. They do not belong to a synagogue – only to the Jewish community.

Overall, there are 17 synagogues in Istanbul and most of them are still active. The most important of these are the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the Askenazi Synagogue, the Ahrida (Ohrida) Synagogue, the Sisli and Ortakoy Synagogues. For more info on private Jewish Heritage Tours in Istanbul, please follow the link.

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