The seedier neighbor to Moda is Rasimpaşa. This area in Kadıköy, just steps away from one of Istanbul’s nicest neighborhoods, is much less visited for the simple fact that it doesn’t have as much to offer.
Inland from the ferry terminals are a couple points of interest related to the non-Turkish citizens of the Ottoman Empire. The most important of these sites is the Hemdat İsrael Sinagogu, which sits behind a high concrete wall and barbed wire fence with security cameras. It was built in 1899 during tensions between the Greek and Jewish communities of Constantinople. It’s possible to visit the synagogue by contacting the Chief Rabbinate of Istanbul in advance.
The next site is the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. This small church was built in 1918.
Finally, there’s an abandoned French Catholic church, Église Notre-Dame du Rosaire, which was built in 1895. It was sold in 2012 to be restored and used as a cultural center, according to Turkish news outlet Vatan.
There are some colorful Ottoman homes scattered throughout the neighborhood. Some have been nicely restored and others are falling apart.