Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars
These days we're accustomed to kit homes and assemble-yourself furniture from Ikea, but back in 1871, when this Gothic Revival–style...
Palace of Constantine Porphyrogenitus
Though only a shell these days, the remnants of this Byzantine palace give a good idea of how it would have looked in its heyday. Built...
Not long after the Conquest, Mehmet the Conqueror visited this 13th-century church to discuss theological questions with the Patriarch...
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Kürkçuçeşme Sokak 9 · interesting places nearby
Ahrida Synagogue information
Sephardic Jews, driven from Spain by the judges of the Inquisition, found refuge in the Ottoman Empire in the late 15th and early 16th centuries and many settled in this quarter of the city. Some of their descendants still live here and speak the native Spanish dialect of Ladino. Like all other religious ‘nations’ within the empire, the Jewish community was governed by its supreme religious leader, the Chief Rabbi, who oversaw its adherence to religious law and who was responsible to the sultan for the community’s good conduct. Today, you’ll need to contact the current Chief Rabbinate of Turkey at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to visit this synagogue, which was built by Macedonian Jews in the 15th century.