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  Istanbul Red Light District Tour

How Can a Prostitute be a Sight?

I've never seen a prostitute in my hometown. But when a tourist is "on the road," that road is often Skid Row. And in the old town centers, the sight of women selling their bodies can be hard to avoid. To be honest, I am powerfully fascinated by the drama of well-worn women in a male-dominated world, humiliating lonely men in grotty little rooms by charging them a day's wage for ten minutes of sexual fun. Still not exactly clear on who the "victims" are, I can barely resist swinging through the red-light-illuminated streets that border many European train stations.

Prostitution is everywhere in Europe. It always has been. In London, "models" keep the lanes of Soho crawling with lonely men on the prowl. In Paris, the impossibly friendly waitresses in Pigalle's velvety bars do their best to make a bottle of cheap champagne worth $100. Along Lisbon's Avenida da Liberdade, nubile girls compete coyly with Edith Bunkers wearing little more than a vest and panties. Oslo's prostitutes seem more drugged out than most. Beyond even covering up their needle marks, their eyes have a hollow Viking spaciness to them. Just off Barcelona's Ramblas, foul-mouthed ladies of the night fire off obscenities at gawkers. Just a condom shot from the Columbus statue, they congregate around a statue honoring the Canadian scientist who invented penicillin. And Frankfurt's towers of sexual power keep travelers whether horny or just curious with down-time between trains plenty busy. Several six-story "love towers" rattle with the commotion of men, parading like lusty chain gangs, up and down the fire escape-type stairs between corridors of girls. Sounding like someone selling a pig on the taste of corn they promise, "I'll make you very happy."

All these red lights sprung from Istanbul old sailors' quarter where on Kadem Street Istanbul and sister street, Zurafa. Please check; map of red light district Istanbul seems to have taken everything sailors do, put it in a jar, and let it germinate for 200 years. Today that jar is open and browsers are welcome. (But keep your camera stowed. Sneak a photo and you're likely to endure the humiliation of a line of angry prostitutes screaming obscenities at you and pelting you with fruit or worse.)

Istanbul Red Light district is a hardcore, nonstop, live-couples, first-floor-straight, second-floor-gay, parade of humanity at its kinkiest. Americans who feel goofy gawking should remember that the area's streets are clogged with countless others mostly from Asia and other parts of Europe who are just as wide-eyed as you. The tour guide in me jumps at the opportunity to give a group such a unique memory as a Red Light ramble. The kid in me delights in the spectacle, while the father in me cringes at the sight of a ten-year-old schoolgirl, bookbag on her back, pondering a window full of dildos, whips, and inflatable orifices.

 

 
 
  Tour Itinerary  
 
Walking Tour in Istanbul
Duration 2 Hours
Departure Start at 10:00 from Burger King Taksim Square
What to visit Red Light District, Beyoglu, Pera, Istiklal Street


Red Light District Istanbul History,


Since the 1870s , prostituierte has thrived in Istanbul Beyoglu district, which houses Kadem and its sister street, Zurafa. For five decades, an Armenian businesswoman, Matild Manukyan, ran an empire of Beyoglu brothels that netted her an estimated $4 million annually until her death in 2001. Sunday, the last day of rest before the workweek, always brought her particularly brisk business.

With Manukyans death ,the city lost not only a substantial source of revenue (she reportedly paid $1.2 million in taxes in 1992), but also a good half-dozen of its best-known brothels. Her son, an engineer, closed her properties.

It is little known , In the early twentieth century, Istanbul was a center for prostitution for its role in the TRAFFIC WHITE WOMAN. Newly founded Turkish Republic regulated prostitution was transformed in the urban geographies of Istanbul in the 1920s and 1930s.

By the 1860s,A French visitor to Odessa wrote that Jews there were responsible for a white slavery market in Russian women to Turkey. This is feasible, especially since we know that Jewish brothel-keepers were already in place at the other end in Constantinople. The 1889 census shows that Jewish women ran 30 of 36 licensed brothels in Kherson province, where Odessa was located. In 1908 the American consul there claimed that the whole business of prostitution is almost exclusively in the hands of Jews.

Tour of Red Light District Istanbul Today

What 2 See During The Tour , The neighborhood of Galata located on a steep hump of land north of the Golden Horn and historic peninsula, actually sits on the earliest foundations of the city, dating, as far as present-day archaeologists can tell, to Greek and Roman times. Our tour starts from Burger King At Taksim square and we will see bellow places during tour...

1. Gezi Park, A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Turkey began on 28 May 2013, initially to contest the urban development plan for Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park.

2. Republic Monument, it was designed and made by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica on August 8, 1928. The Republic Monument is a notable monument located at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923

3. Taksim Water Cistern, The word Taksim means "division" or "distribution". The Taksim square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city

4. Dingo's horse stables, Until electricity power comes to Istanbul in 1914, horse-drawn trams are an indispensable element for urban transport.

5. Consulate General of France, First built in 1760 as a hospital. Name was Saint Jean Baptiste Hospital. Todays building is made on 1898 and has been used for Consulate General of France from 1926. Here is also using for events such as exhibitions, concerts, theater and French cultural center.

6. Surp Ohan Vosgeperan Armenian Catholic Church , This is a Catholic church so connected to the Vatican, to the Pope. Built in 1863. The starting place of Armenian Catholicism is in Istanbul. Church also visited by Pop II. Jean Paul in 1979

7. Zambak (Lily) Street, It is one of the important points in the Istanbul's prostitution history. We know Soviet Union had a practice of setting up foreign visitors in nice hotels and then basically sending them attractive prostitutes. However the room was bugged and they would videotape the rendezvous and then threaten that individual with the tape as blackmail like they did it to Sukarno was the first President of Indonesia

KGB agents were expecting him to get really frightened, that he would agree to cooperate with them at once, but Sukarno fondly decided that it was a gift from the Soviet government, so he asked for more copies to take them back to Indonesia and show them in movie theatres. Sukarno said to flabbergasted agents that the people of Indonesia would be very proud of him, if they could see him doing the nasty with Russian girls.

But it was First and Last story in Turkish history about sending prostitutes to a president, undercover to have sex... Sukarno The President of Indonesia , he used to like to eat local food and to have sex with local girls in his travels. He visited Turkey in 1959... Lux Nermin... Sexually transmitted infection Gonorrhea... Diplomatic scandal between Turkey and Indonesia :)

8. Hagia Triada Greek Orthodox Church, The Hagia Triada, Holy Trinity, The building was erected in 1880 and is considered the largest Greek Orthodox shrine in Istanbul today. It is still in use by the Greek community of Istanbul. It has about 150 parishioners. The church is located in the district of Beyoglu, in the neighborhood of Katip Celebi, on Meselik sokak, near Taksim Square.

9. Zografeion Greek Lyceum, The school was founded in the late 19th century in 1885, as the growing number of Greek students, the community decided to build a new school, and donations were collected from a number of people. Christakis Zografos, who was living in Paris at the time, made the largest contribution, of 10,000 gold liras. In 1890, the Greek community decided that the school be renamed after Zografos.

10. Esayan Armenian High School, Second monumental building rising opposite Zografeion is Istanbuls famous Armenian High School Esayan. It has been building in 1895 ordered by Kayseri-born charitable businessman two merchant brothers Migirdic and Ohannes Esayan and this wisdom housing, from that day to this day has remained in perfect health.

11. Huseyin Aga Mosque, is only one mosque on istiklal street between Taksim Square and Tunnel Square built in 1594. This is another witness shows how few Muslims lived in Pera area during Ottoman period.

12. Hadji Abdullah Efendi Restaurant, For an authentic taste of the Ottoman Food, head to the Haci Abdullah Lokantasi Since 1888 in Karakoy. Moves to Pera Rumeli Inn in 1920 and Finally settled in its current location in 1958.

13. Armenian Catholic Patriarchate and Asdvadzadzin Church, also known as Armenian Catholic Archdiocese of Constantinople, serves Armenian Catholics in Turkey and is under the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia. The seat is in Istanbul. Established in 1866. In 1869, Church received visits from Eugenie de Montijo, Empress consort of Napoleon III of France and other foreign monarchs on their way to the opening of the Suez Canal.

14. 1. Hot Street

15. Saint Antoine Catholic Church, alternatively known as the st. Anthony of Padua or Sant Antonio di Padova Church, The original St. Anthony of Padua Church was built in 1725 by the local Italian community of Istanbul, but was later demolished and replaced with the current building which was constructed on the same location built in 1912

16. The Swedish Palace in Istanbul, is Swedens oldest state property abroad. The grounds in Beyoglu (ancient Pera) were bought in 1757. However, the original building was damaged by fire on several occasions and the present Swedish Palace dates from 1870.

17. 2. Brothel

18. Tunnel Square The Tunnel is the second-oldest subterranean urban rail line in the world, after the London Underground (1863) It is an underground funicular with two stations, connecting the quarters of Karakoy and Beyoglu. Located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn, Inaugurated on January 1875

19. 3. Brothel

20. African and Eastern Europen girls area, Laleli and Aksaray area have a doggie reputation because of its bars and clubs full of Eastern Europen prostitutes and nowadays so many girls comes from African countries.

GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure time,
30% discount for over 60 years old,

 

 
     
 
         
         
     
     
 
What is including? What Is Not!
  • Meeting point is Burger King at Taksim square
  • Pick up from your Hotel is extra charge
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Local Taxes
  • Entrance Is 5 Lira (2 USD)
  • 2 Tram Ticket 5 Lira (2 USD)
  • Intercourse Is 100 Lira (35 USD)
  • Please keep your ID card with you
  • Also leave your backpacks hotel because those are not allowed inside either.
 
     
 
         
         
     
     
 
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