History comes alive in the charming back streets and at the monumental sites of Istanbul…

Enjoy a wonderful day discovering the narrow cobble stone streets, multicultural old neighborhoods and the impressive defense walls of Istanbul.Marvel at the best Byzantine mosaic collection you can see anywhere, visit the great Mosque of Sultan Suleyman and shop in the ancient Grand Bazaar.

There are plenty of options to indulge your appetite for the tastiest Turkish food in these old neighborhoods. The most delicious kebabs, Turkish style beans and rice which is a Suleymaniye specialty; or Ottoman dishes from old palace recipies. We will take you there…
While visiting mosques, female visitors are kindly asked to cover their hair. Please bring a scarg along if you prefer to use your own.Otherwise, they will be available at the entrance.
This is your private tour to enjoy to the fullest. We walk at your pace, talk about anything you want to know regarding our beautiful country, rest a little if you need to and stop to take pictures.
Istanbul’s rich layers of history are concentrated in the Old City. Monuments on this tour deliver the essence of Istanbul’s historical grandeur, characteristic life style, mysteries above and under the ground, and the might of the empires that made it the crown of their glory.

CHORA MUSEUM

An old church with exquisite mosaics throughout, the Chora is located in a quaint old neighborhood with typical Ottoman wooden houses. It was rebuilt in the 14th century by Theodor Metochites, a Byzantine dignitary who greets us in the mosaics above the entrance to the nave, dressed in his oriental kaftan. The monastery complex to which the church belonged was named with a play on words about the real meaning of “chora”.

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE

Built by the orders of mighty Sultan Suleyman, the splendid mosque complex rises majestically above the Golden Horn. The amazing complex was built ingeniously by the greatest Ottoman master architect Sinan in the 16th century.

The mosque is an architectural twin of its commissioner. Colossal, yet elegantly decorated with plain grandeur, the imperial mosque is reflecting Sultan Suleyman’s humility before God as a pious believer.

CITY WALLS

Probably the most important monuments of Constantinople are the defense walls built around it in the 5th century. The Walls of Constantinople are a series of stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city since its founding as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great. With numerous additions and modifications during their history, they were the last great fortification system of antiquity, and one of the most complex and elaborate systems ever built.

GOLDEN HORN

The old quaint neighborhoods of the Golden Horn with cobble stone streets and lined up narrow houses are waking up from their long sleep. Fener is the old Christian neighborhood and has been home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate since the 16th century. Balat is the old Jewish quarters, home to the 15th century Ahrida Synagogue built by Romaniotes. The neighborhoods are not desirable residential neighborhoods anymore, but they are historically very significant and charming with churches, synagogues, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and their stories.

GRAND BAZAAR

A feast of colors and a paradise for shoppers… The ancient Grand Bazaar is the oldest shopping mall in the world. It is an endless, twenty gated maze of covered streets lined with artisan shops, vibrant stores filled with colorful glassware, gold, silver, jewelery, kilims, hamam towels, antiques and souvenirs. The bazaar might be an exotic attraction for visitors, but it is a favorite shopping mecca for the locals as well.

Chora Museum…Suleymaniye Mosque…City Walls…Golden Horn…Grand Bazaar

Enjoy a wonderful day discovering the narrow cobble stone streets, multicultural old neighborhoods and defense walls of Istanbul.

Marvel at the best Byzantine mosaic collection you can see anywhere at the Chora Church, visit the great Mosque of Sultan Suleyman and shop in the ancient Grand Bazaar.
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