| ISTANBUL WALKING CITY TOUR
Full day tour with lunch included
Hagia Sophia: From the Golden Age of Byzantine, this once Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history pf architecture. It played a very important role in the Byzantine Empire and later as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire. The word "Hagia" in Greek means "Divine" and "Sophia" means "Wisdom". "Divine Wisdom" is one pf the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom.
Blue Mosque: The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul, especially when viewed from the First Hill or from the Asian shore of the Sea pf Marmara. It is very impressive with its beautiful domes and semi domes, nice courtyards and six slender minarets.
Hippodrome and Obelisks: The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient "Hippodrome", one pf the most famous areas in Byzantine.
Grand Covered Bazaar: The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city.
After visiting the Grand Bazaar, there will be optional shopping opportunity before having lunch at our restaurant.
Topkapi Palace: Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court. It was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school. Dormitories, gardens, libraries, schools even mosques were at the service of the court. Attached to the palace were diverse imperial societies of artists and craftsmen which produced some of the finest work in the whole empire.
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque: Little Hagia Sophia Mosque (Kucuk Ayasofya Camii), formerly the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus, is a former Eastern Orthodox church dedicated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople, later converted in to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Today the environment is a worth seeing natural culture center of the lost Ottoman Arts.
Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday and will be replaced by a visit to Yerebatan Cistern. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday. Vehicle will be used only for the necessary part of this tour. So please be prepared for a bit walking during the day.
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