TOUR 3 – BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN TRACES - 70€ per person
- Haghia Sophia
- Blue Mosque
- Hippodrome and Obelisks
- Grand Covered Bazaar
- Topkapi Palace
- Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
Full day city tour with lunch and entrace fees included
From the Golden Age of Byzantine, this once Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildingsint 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.
The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul, especially when viewed from the First Hill or from the Asia shore of the Sea of Marmara. It is very impressive with its beautiful domes and semidomes, nice courtyards and six slender minarets.
The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient “Hippodrome”, one of the most famous areas in Byzantine.
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 a shopping opportunity before having lunch at our restaurant.
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 (Küçük 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 into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Today the environment is a worth seeing natural culture center of the lost Ottoman Arts.