FARIT is organising a day-long tour of four of the most historic, important and dramatic lighthouses in Istanbul, spanning from the mouth of the Bosphorus on the Black Sea to the city’s further reaches on the Marmara. All of them in their present form date from the 19th century or earlier, and all are still functioning. The tour will be guided by the art historian Atilla Tuna of Antonina Tour.
For over two thousand years Istanbul has been one of the world’s great maritime cities, dependent on the sea and shipping for its sustenance. The history of its lighthouses is perhaps as old as the history of the city itself, and some of the 38 lighthouses that exist today are descendants of lighthouses that have stood on the same spot for millennia.
The aim is to enter all of them, be able to climb up and see their functioning apparatus, and perhaps meet and talk to some of the keepers. There will be a stop for lunch in a dramatic spot on the Black Sea at Anadolu Feneri. The trip will be done by bus – in the morning the group will visit the two lighthouses on the Marmara, and then in the afternoon, they will make their way up the Bosphorus to visit the lighthouses on the Black Sea. Whether or not you are fascinated by lighthouses, this is a wonderful introduction to the environs of the city and a chance to see some of the most spectacular scenery on the Bosphorus.
Please be prepared for the possibility of chilly weather and rain, and don’t forget to bring a camera.