Istanbul Old City Tour Overview
This City founded around 660 BC; now recognized as Istanbul improved to become one of the most notable cities in the past. For almost sixteen centuries, it served as the capital of 4 empires. The Roman Empire (330–395). The Byzantine Empire (395–1204 / 1261–1453). Latin Empire (1204 –1261), and Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). It was conducive in the rise of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine ages, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453. And transformed it into an Islamic haven. Though the Republic of Turkey established its capital in Ankara, palaces, and royal mosques still line Istanbul’s hills as obvious reminders of the city’s previous principal role.
- Available Days : Everyday
- Available From : Old City | Taksim Area.
- Price Includes : Transport | Insurance | Guided Service | Entry Fees | Lunch.
- Price Excludes : Personal Expenses | Drinks
- Duration : Full Day 8 Hours
- Pick up time : Old City 08:30 | Taksim Area 08:15
- Drop off time : Approximately 17:00
This wondrous charm is the fourth greatest church in the world and the biggest of its time. The word ‘‘Hagia’’ in Greek means ‘‘Divine’’ and Sophia means ‘‘Wisdom’’. Divine Wisdom is one of the characteristics of Jesus Christ, and this chapter is devoted to his spiritual wisdom.
The Blue Mosque is unity of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul, facing the Hagia Sophia; it’s important for its blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets. Truly an attraction not to missed when visiting Istanbul.
The crossing in front of the Blue Mosque, there is Serpentine column, Egyptian Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
The oldest and the largest closed markets in the world placed in the center of the old city. It is a unique experience you won’t ignore.
Formerly the residence of Ottoman Sultans, the large grounds exhibit many wonderful examples of its past. Guests will visit the Imperial Depository, view holy Islamic ruins, the palace kitchen, along with viewing various Chinese ceramics, defenses, and calligraphy performance.
The Rüstem Pasha Mosque was devised by Ottoman royal architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha (husband of one of Princess Mihrimah) the daughters of Suleiman, the Magnificent. Rüstem Pasha died in July 1561; the mosque built after his death.
- Grand Bazaar closed Sundays, replaced with The Basilica Cistern. Hagia Sophia closed Mondays, replaced with The Basilica Cistern. Topkapi Palace closed Tuesdays, tours book on this day will have the place tour replaced with Chora Museum..