Walking to the smallest church of Istanbul

Aya Ekaterini is the smallest church of Istanbul. Grek fishermen found some remains in 1924 and built the church. It is in the backyard of Koço Restaurant. You should see! as the location is really strange.

Relgious ceremonies take place in Modays, a priest comes on Mondays.

People visit here and make wishes. They say that as Aya Ekaterini was virgin try not to make wishes about ralations, love. Better to wish about business life, education etc… Or make more high wishes like  peace in the world, equity, equal rights among all humans, animal rights, not harming nature etc…

On the way you can have a break in Çiya Restaurant as you see on the map. It is in Kadıköy fish market and offer a delicious meal from a broad culture, spanning from Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. They don’t serve just a food they serve food with story!

Or contact with me if  you need a guide

Do you need a guide in Istanbul or do you believe you can do it better by yourself?

Do you really need a guide in Istanbul?

I am a  tour guide and I am the one who is asking this question. Yeah, do you really need a guide in Istanbul? I’m not sure what to say. I guess for only one day a professional guide is a smart option and for the  other days maybe you should discover by yourself, because I guess traveling should include some secrets inside.

Why do I think like this?

You see the picture above. That is a different perpective of Hagia Sophia. Maybe you can never catch that picture. A tour guide can bring a new perspective. A different look to the city. That’s why, If affordable, a tourist guide is a must in this big city even for just one day for his/her perspective.

Have a look at the pictures below: those are different perspectives that I try to  explain.

When I travel abroad, I always look for a local, as a friend or as a guide. Cities are made by people and people made by cities. So I need to contact with locals.

You can check walking routes from here 


If you need a guide please feel free to contact with me: baharmart@gmail.com whatsup : (00 9) 0532 490 14 70

Enjoy Istanbul,

And let the city enjoy you!

Historical Peninsula Tour (Sultan Ahmed Area) ( Guided)

This Tour insists of lot of walking, talking and taking pictures. The main purpose is exploring the peninsula via its back streets, main streets where ever the story is hidden.  Istanbul is hidden in details!

There are some buildings to visit;

Starting from Beyazıt Square, historical book market, Grand Bazaar, Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Gazi Atikali Mosque, Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasa, Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Paşa Madrasa, Şerefiye Basilica Cistern, Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Hipodrom, İbrahim Pasha Palace, Blue Mosque, The biggest Basicilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace 1.t courtyard. Gülhane Park (The outer park of the palace), Alay Pavilion, Orient Express rail station, Egypt Bazaar, Eminönü, Karaköy, the second oldest metro of the world (first is in London).

It takes nearly all day, nearly 8 hours. 

The cost is 120 Euros for two people including meal and hot drinks. An apple tea in the most interesting place of Beyazıt is included! 

There is also short version of it in which you will see a Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Gazi Atikali Mosque, Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasa, Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Paşa Madrasa,

This short tour takes nearly 3 hours and cost 45 Euros for 2 people!

This price excludes entrance fees. You need a museum pass.

Please contact:

Whats up: 00 9 0532 490 14 70

Email: baharmart@gmail.com

Tour Guide:Bahar Ozturk Please click for more information about me Short Bio







Catching a boat in Istanbul

Catching a boat is a city exercise in Istanbul. You run, jump and do all kind of difficult moves to catch the boat. The funniest part is while you struggle a seagal sits on the top of the entreance of the port and watches you:) We love seagals and they love us!

So if you are in Istanbul try to catch a boat one day. When you catch it and cross the boat area before they close the doors you feel the real victory. As if you save yourself from a tiger’s chase as it was thousands years before!


An Istanbul scene from Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Movie “Distant”

Istanbul hosted many movies for many years. For example the pictures above… The first one is from 2002, from Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s movie “Distant” meaning Uzak in Turkish. The other is from 2018 December from my camera.

It is nice to explore the scenes from movies and see it from the director’s perspective. This picture is from Karaköy. I suggest you to t watch the movie first then visit Karaköy, not a bad idea:)

Maybe you need a guide

Comparision of 55 years

The movie “From Russia with love” is a James Bond Movie from 1963. Most of the movie took place in Istanbul and on the Orient Express. From Russia, with Love is the fifth novel by the English author Ian Fleming and the book was inspired by author’s Fleming’s visit to Turkey on behalf of The Sunday Times to report on an Interpol conference; he returned to Britain by the Orient Express.

One picture from the movie and the other one is from 2018. Nothing so much changed in 55 years. Even some of the trees are the same!

This is a place close to Unkapanı.

You can go here by yourself or contact with me If you need a guide