Beyzantian & Ottoman Relics

08:30-17:000-6 age  free 6-12 age  %30 discount     Lunch includedperson 35 €

ST.SOPHIA   this ancient basalica,built by constantine the great,in the 4th century and reconstructed by justinian in the 6th centry, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.

 SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE across from st.sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.

 HIPPODROME the scene of ancient hippodrome,with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN  OF WILHELM II; the OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS; the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.

 GRAND BAZAAR(COVERED MARKED) In this labyrinth of streets andpassages are more than 4.000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware,brassware and trays, water ewers, onyware and meerschaum pipers.

TOPKAPI PALACE  the great palace of the Otoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families;miniatures, the holy mantle;CHAMBER OF SACRED RELICS.

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE  the mosque of suleyman the magnificent was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whose wish was surpass the builders od st. Sophia.
Conspicuous because of its great size, it is emphasized by the four minarets rising from each corner of the courtyard.