Byzantıne & Ottoman Relıcs (Full Day Combination Of Morning and evening Tours)

 

The HighLigts:

Discover the fascinating of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

 

Departure:

We’ll pick you up from your hotel between 08:00-08:30 AM

(Only from Sultanahmet, Laleli, Taksim areas)

 

 

Itinerary:

You’ll visit:

Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque (Ayasofya-i Kebir Cami-i Şerifi), once the Church of Divine

Wisdom, with its innovative architecture, rich history, religious significance and extraordinary

characteristics has been fighting against time for centuries, was the largest Eastern Roman Church

in İstanbul. Constructed three times in the same location, it is the world’s oldest and fastestcompleted cathedral.

 

Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets,

built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.

 

Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city.

Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments

decorating the Hippodrome.

 

Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world

with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.

(Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)

Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.

 

Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics

of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide

commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)

 

The Hagia Irene located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace is the oldest church of the

Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine). It was also the second largest church in İstanbul after Hagia

Sophia. It’s a typical Byzantine structure with its materials and architecture, was built on the site of

an old temple in 330.

 

Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia.

The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green

and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed

on the sarcophaguses.

also visioned during the tour

GALATA BRIDGE • GOLDEN HORN • LEANDER’S TOWER

This tour ends approximately at 17:00

 

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Local expert guide
  • Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.
  • Gratuities (optional)

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