Istanbul (Turkish: Istanbul; historically Byzantium and Constantinople; see the other names of Istanbul) is the largest city in Turkey, largest city proper and second largest metropolitan area in Europe, and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 15 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. The city covers 27 districts of the [wpseo]Istanbul province[/wpseo]. It is located on the[wpseo] Bosphorus Strai[/wpseo]t and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn(Galata), in the northwest of the country.
Istanbul Old City Tour
Tour including all taxes, museum entrances, transportation from and to hotels, professinal tourist guides, lunch..
70 EUROS PER PERSON *Hagia Sophia
*Grant covered bazaar
is a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral ever built in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the Medieval Seville Cathedral in 1520.The current building was originally constructed as a church between A.D. 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, and was in fact the third Church of the Holy Wisdom to occupy the site (the previous two had both been destroyed by riots).
The [wpseo]Sultan Ahmed Mosque[/wpseo] (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii)
is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is one of several mosques known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I.
The Hippodrome of Constantinople (Turkish: Sultanahmet Meydani, At Meydani)
was a horse-racing track that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and the largest city in Europe. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydani (Sultan Ahmet Square) in the[wpseo] Turkish[/wpseo] city of Istanbul, with only a few fragments of the original structure surviving. It is sometimes also called Atmeydani (Horse Square) in Turkish.
The Grand Bazaar (or Covered Bazaar)
in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 6,000 shops, and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. .
The Topkapi Palace (Turkish: Topkapi Sarayi)
is a palace in Istanbul, Turkey, which was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans, from 1465 to 1853. The palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments and is a major tourist attraction today. The name directly translates as “Cannongate Palace”, from the palace being named after a nearby, now lost gate. Initial construction started in 1459, ordered by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of [wpseo]Byzantine Constantinople[/wpseo]. The palace is a complex made up of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings.
The Süleymaniye Mosque
was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman I (Suleiman the Magnificent) and was constructed by the great Ottoman architect [wpseo]Mimar Sinan[/wpseo]. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. Sinan considered the design to be an architectural counterpoint to the Byzantine [wpseo]Hagia Sophia[/wpseo]. The [wpseo]Santa Sophia[/wpseo], converted into a mosque under Mehmed II, served as a model to many Ottoman mosques in Istanbul.