The Hippodrome of Constantinople; Learn about the early Roman history of the city. Hear the stories behind the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column. (public square)
The Blue Mosque; built for Sultan Ahmet, enjoy the serene interior. This magnificent six column structure represents the pinnacle of Ottoman religious architecture. (interior visit)
Topkapi Palace and the Harem; The palace where the Ottoman Empire was ruled from for about 375 years. A series of courtyards and halls contain fabulous displays of precious jewels and important religious artifacts. The public rooms of the palace are a worthy backdrop to the splendor and intrigue of the Harem. (interior visit)
We visit the Hagia Sophia, originally built in 537 CE, later served as a Greek Orthodox Church. When Sultan Mehmet II conquered the city in 1453 CE, it became a mosque. In 1935 it was converted to a museum. The interior, with its enormous dome, delights with glorious mosaics, galleries and suspended Islamic pendants. (interior visit)
Basilica (Underground) Cistern; built during the reign of Justinian I, in the 6th century, it is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. The cistern's symmetry ans sheer grandeur of conception are breathtaking, making it a favorite location for big-budget films.
The Grand Bazaar; at the end we take an orientation tour of this labyrinth of streets and stores.
Other things to note
Our meeting point is the German Fountain in Sultanahmet area. It is a very distinctive landmark with a green dome just at the beginning of the Hippodrome square (a.k.a. Sultanahmet Square). If you arrive by tram, get off at Sultanahmet stop and walk down the tram line about 50m, it'll be on yr right
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