Istanbul Tours #2
Duration: 5 Hours , EveryDay
TOPKAPI PALACE - BLUE MOSQUE - HAGIA SOFIA CHURCH - HIPPODROME - OBELISK-GRAND BAZAAR - UNDER THE GROUND CISTERN
Meet at Istanbul Port .Our guide will hold up a sign with your name on it. Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860), a period of nearly four centuries. The order for the construction of the Topkapi Palace on the Seraglio Point overlooking both Marmara and Bosphorus was given by Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinapolis in 1453.Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.Under the ground Cistern, One of the most attractive monuments to see in Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern. It was built in Ad 532 and this is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern. Low light inside gives at this place a dreamy atmosphere. Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs