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Half Day Byzantine Treasures & Grand Bazaar

Tour Category Istanbul Half Day Old City Tours
Tour Name Byzantine Treasures & Grand Bazaar
Duration Half Day 08:30 – 13:00
Tour Highlights Hagia Sophia Museum,
Byzantium Hippodrome,
Blue Mosque,
Grand Bazaar

Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia Museum is located in Sultanahmet across from Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque. Considered one of the finest architectural works in the world, it was originally built as a church. Construction began during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine 1, but was only completed in AD 360 during the reign of Constantine II.

The first Hagia Sophia was partially burnt during an uprising. It was repaired by Theodosius II and opened to worship in 415, but was burned to the ground during another public uprising in 532.After the revolts, Emperor Justinian determined to build an unparalleled place of worship and entrusted two architect-engineers from Anatolia, Isidoros and Anthemios, with the task. In 1935 the monument converted into a Museum. 

Blue Mosque

One of the most famous monuments of Turkish and Islamic art, the mosque is visited by all who come to Istanbul and gains their admiration. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets. It is surrounded by other important edifices of Istanbul, built at earlier ages. Istanbul is viewed best from the sea and the mosque is part of this magnificent scenery. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.

Byzantine Hippodrome

The Hippodrome of Constantinople circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and the largest city in Europe. The Egyptian Obelisk, which was built in 1500 BC, stood outside Luxor until Constantine had it brought to his city. The Serpentine Column, This is one of the oldest monuments in Istanbul. The 8-meter high column originally stood before the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. It was brought to Istanbul in 324 by Constantine and erected in the middle of the Hippodrome,  and The German Fountain of Wilhelm II, It was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898. It was built in Germany, then transported piece by piece and assembled in its current site in 1900. The neo-Byzantine style fountain's octagonal dome has eight marble columns, and dome's interior is covered with golden mosaics.

Grand Bazaar

The world famous and the largest Covered Bazaar (Kapalıcarsı in Turkish) is, owing to its architecture, history, location, and sheer variety of merchandise, one of Istanbul's most significant tourist sites. The Bazaar has eight different entrances, each of them facing one of the city's most important historic monuments. These include Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Cemberlitas, the Beyazit Complex, Istanbul University and the Second Hand Book Bazaar. Built at the command of Sultan Mehmed the, Conqueror in 1461, the Bazaar initially consisted of just two warehouses (bedesten). In time, merchants began to set up their own stalls and workshops in the surrounding area.

Including

  • Hotel pick up and Drop off
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All transportation in A/C & non-smoking vehicle
  • Entrance fees to the sites and museums
  • Local Taxes and Service Charge

Excluding

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to the Driver and Guide

NOTES:
** Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, replaced with Chora Church or Basilica Cistern
** Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, replaced with Spice Bazaar also called Egyptian Bazaar
** Visitors to the Blue Mosque are expected to dress modestly, shoulders and knees should be covered, and ladies may require to cover their hair. In mosques you may borrow a headscarf to cover it, free of charge and shoes must be taken off before entering. You either leave them outside or carry them in a bag. Alternatively, in some places they may provide you a plastic bag to slip over your footwear. Professional photography and flash are not allowed within some sites.