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Istanbul City Tours
LTDI - 01

Start & finish at Sultanahmet Square / Old City

 

This is a walking-tour.

 

Starting Time: 9:30 a.m.

 

Finishing Time: 5:30 p.m.

 

Duration: app. 8 hours

 

Topkapi Palace & Harem The Topkapi Palace is the biggest and one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was built between 1466 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmet II on top of a hill in a small peninsula, dominating the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, and the Bosphorus strait to the north east, with great views of the Asian side as well. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. Hippodrome area The main social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. You will be able to see Serpent Column, Obelisk of Thutmose III, Column of Constantine, Walled Obelisk and Statues of Porphyrios.
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque because of its bluish interior decoration, is the most important mosque of Istanbul standing next to the Byzantine Hippodrome in the old city center. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 - 1616 facing Hagia Sophia, in order to compete with it.
Underground Cistern Yerebatan Sarayı (Underground Cistern or Basilica Cistern) is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Byzantine Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city.
The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi in Turkish) One of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. It was built of wood after the Conquest of Istanbul, around an old Byzantine building which became the part of the Old Bedesten (Old Bazaar) today, and got bigger and larger throughout the centuries with the addition of new sections and inns. Today the bazaar covers an area of approximately 31thousand square meters with its over 3000 shops (some even say 4000), 17 inns (Han), 61 streets, over 20thousand employees, 4 fountains, 10 wells, 2 mosques, several cafes and restaurants, change offices, a police station, and 22 gates.