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Ottoman and Byzantian Relics Tour - Regular

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FULL DAY OTTOMAN AND BYZANTIAN RELICS TOUR

Duration  Starts @ 09:00 Finishes @ 17:00
What to see  

* Hagia Sophia museum
* Blue mosque
* Hipodromme
* Topkapi Palace
* Grand Covered Bazaar
* Little Hagia Sophia Mosque

 

Why would you join in our Old City Tour insteed of just walking around on your own?
Mey be we should fist point out that averge age of the moments that you’re going to visit over 1000 year in th Old City. Does it start to attract your attencion ? Imagine you’re in the Hagia Sophia on your own and reading your guide book: “The marble jar was brought from Pergamon during the reign of Sultan Murad III. Orginally from the Hellenistic period, it was carved from single block of marble.” Which jar? Where it is? Don’t lough, it’s serios, you’re in a building over 2500 square meters. Or you’re in the Blue Mosque and still reading. “The most inportant element in the interior of the mosque is the hirab.” Well ! Is there a sing pointing to the mihrab?
These are only few examples to clarify a professional guide wold be how important while you’re visiting the Old City. But you should aslo consider about lo huge cue in front of the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace ticket booth. This is surely annoying to spend hours in the cue if you’re visiting Istanbul for a limited time. But don’t worry ! You will override the cue once you enjoy our tour. We’re professional pass for museums to not stick in the cue.



A little history of the tour sights

Hagia Sophia
One of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. It has been nominated as the 8th wonder of the world by historians.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built between 1609 and 1616 in the name of Sultan Ahmet 1 by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, who was one of Sinan’ s apprentices.

The Blue Mosque
Dating from the 17th century, an architectural masterpiece famed for its exquisite blue tiles and six elegant minarets.


Hippodrome
The center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city where held. Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column Constantine Column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.

Grand Covered Bazaar
Most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs.

Topkapi Palace
Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, the maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centruies. In these opulent surroundings the sultans and their court lived and governed. A magnificent wooded garden fills the outer, or first, court. In the second court, on the right, shaded by cyprees and plane trees,stand the palace kitchens, which now serve as galleries exhibiting the imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Today the third court holds the Hall of Audience, the Library of Ahmet III, an exhibition of imperial costumes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the treasury and a priceless collection of miniatures from medieval manuscripts. In the center of this innermost sanctuary, the Prophet Muhammet (S.A.V) brought to Istanbul when the Ottomans assumed the caliphaten of Islam.

Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed – basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. Temple is founded by powerful emperor Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now is used as a mosque since 1497.

 

 


What is including?

 


  • All transportation
  • Entrence fees
  • Guiding
  • Lunch

 
 
What is excluding?
  • Personal expens
  • Tips
 
CLOSED
  • Hagia Sophia on Monday / Replaced with Underground Cistern
  • Topkapi Palace on Tuesday / Replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar on Sunday

 

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