Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour Description

Tour Description

Hagia Sophia : From the Golden Age of Byzantine, this once Christian church is one of the the most extraordinary buildings in the history of 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 of 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 of Marmara. It is very impressive with its beautiful domes and semidomes, 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 of the most famous areas in Byzantine. Grand 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. Topkapı 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. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque: This 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.Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now is used as amosque since 1497.

What's included

  • Pick up & drop off from Istanbul City Center Hotels & Cruise Port
  • Transportation with A/C non-smoking deluxe vehicle throughout the trip
  • Professional tour guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Lunch at local restaurant (set menu - vegetarian meals available - drinks extra)
  • All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
  • 8% VAT (Value Added Tax)
  • Children: {0 - 2} free, {3 - 7} 30 % discount.
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