Byzantine and Ottoman Traces (Full Day)
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours
Departure / Terminate time: 09:00am to 17:00pm
Price: Adult (7+) €55 / Child (3-6) €40
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.
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 Covered 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.
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
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque stands Istanbul‘s oldest surviving Byzantine monument. It was constructed under the emperor Justinian near the southern city walls on the shores of the Sea of Marmara in a.d. 527–536. In 1504, the building was converted into a mosque.
It’s away from crowds, cosy and very quiet. You can rest, observe and perceive the smallest of the structure and imagine the huge version of St. Sophia. It has a lovely garden with a cute art cafe where you can rest and enjoy the atmosphere. You will love visiting this structure, and travel through time to the Byzantine period and get lost in your thoughts.
- Muesum Entrance Fees
- Donations to the Mosques
- Round Trip Transfers from Central Hotels
- Transportation with A/C Vehicles
- Optional Gratuities
Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday so it will be replaced by Underground Cistern on Monday. Blue Mosque will be replaced by Nuruosmaniye Mosque on Friday. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.