Since the foundation of the Ottoman Empire, Jewish people enjoyed, on Ottoman soil, a tolerance that they could not witnessed anywhere else. Actually, not only Jews but all the minorities in the Ottoman Empire enjoyed the same tolerance. People from different religious and ethnical background lived in the Empire or in Istanbul side by side. Anyone visiting the districts of Ortakoy, Galata or Kuzguncuk can see Churches, Mosques and Synagogues constructed very close to each other or side by side.