We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during Ottomans and serving as a museum today. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in the palace of Đbrahim Pasha, grand vezir to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, houses exhibits from many eras, but is most famous for its collection of Ottoman carpets. The Byzantine Hippodrome, the center for entertainment and sports in the city during the Roman and Byzantine Empires, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are suites Underground Cistern to be visited, and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures - including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
St.Sophia (Hagia Sophia) is closed on Mondays.
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Half-day tour: 09.00 am - 13:00 pm or 14:00 pm -17:00 pm