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Hidden Gem: Discover Istanbul's Vibrant Balat Neighborhood

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The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul's Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues - parts even surpassing my native San Francisco's steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Located in an area known as the Golden Horn, situated on an estuary flowing into the Bosporus, Balat served as a refuge in the...
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