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Byzantine & Ottoman Relics – Full Day

full day istanbul tour including Hagia (St.) Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar,, Topkapi Palace,
Itinerary:

Daily departure at 08.30 and returns at 17.00

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand yeras; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture;after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935.

Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.The last great imperial mosque of the classical period; it is name comes from 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.

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

Grand Covered Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs 

Lunch at the Special Turkish Restaurant

Topkapi Palace, this extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman might for nearly 400 years.The building are a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons,shields,armors,Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.

( Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entry )

Little Hagia Sophia Mosque , The mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It's 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 Empie and now is used as a mosque since 1497.

Closed : Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday , will be replaced by Underground Cistern . Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, will be replaced by Beylerbeyi Palace . Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday , will be replaced with local shop . 

Includes

What is Included in tour ?
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off - by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches.
Entrance Fees mentioned by the itineraries.
Lunch
Professional Licenced Tour Guide.
Services Charges & Local Taxes.

What is Excluded in tour?
Drinks at lunch
Tips and gratuities
Personal expenses

Need to Know:

Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday , will be replaced by Underground Cistern . Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, will be replaced by Beylerbeyi Palace . Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday , will be replaced with local shop.

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