LITTLE HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. Its early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophiawhich was applied here first time in the history. The temple is founded by the powerful emperor Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now şs used as a mosque since 1497.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Harem is not included and visit is due to extra entrance fee.
This tour is not operated on Tuesdays.
On every Friday, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque is visited instead of Blue Mosque.
Half Day Afternon
Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
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)
17:00 Return back to hotel
THIS TOUR TERMINATES AT GRAND COVERED BAZAAR
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- Museum Entrance Fee
- Pick up/Drop off Hotel