Private Guided Golden Horn Tour By Luxury Istanbul
Semi flexible tour would offer you the comfort of creating your own schedule, at your own pace.
Given program below only aims to give you an idea with the options in the area. You can skip or replace the sites as per your desire and interests. Golden Horn tour can be designed as Half Day or Full Day.
We will start the tour by visiting the Egyptian Spice Market; vividly colored spices are displayed alongside at this Ottoman-era market place. Your nostrils will immediately pick up the overwhelming scent coming from the hundreds of spices on sale. Then Rustem Pasa Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, is among the city's architectural gems.
With the mixtures of Armenians, Greeks, Gypsies and Turks living along Golden Horn shores reflected the city's colorful ethnic mosaic.
Being the center of the eastern Christianity, Istanbul is full of Byzantine relics which tell about this refulgent empire’e past. Visit the Patriarchate at Fener which is the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’s declaration as the religion of Roman Empire. Then see St. Savior in Chora originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from a bible, the life and miracles of Jesus. After Chora Museum, see the monastic complex of Christ Pantocrator(Zeyrek) was one of the largest and best organized of the Byzantine period, -from outside.
Basilica of St John of Studius(Imrahor Camii), the oldest church in Istanbul, erected in 454AD.
Theotokos Pammakaristos(Fethiye Camii), built in 1292, the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos in Istanbul is a fine example of late Byzantine architecture and art. It has been a mosque (called Fethiye Camii) since 1591, but still contains some well-preserved Byzantine mosaics.
Porphyrogenitus Palace(Tekfur Palace) ruins and the Theodocian city walls at Edirnekapi. As the only existing Byzantine palace and an example of the Byzantine architectural style, and it gives a fine idea of what the emperor's residence might have looked like in Byzantine times. This late Byzantine palace(called Emperor's Palace') dates from the late 12th or early 13th century. It was part of the larger Blachernae Palace complex, used as the imperial residence during the last days of the Byzantine Empire.
The Bulgarian St Stephen Church (also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Fatih, Istanbul, famous for being made of cast iron. Metal Church(St. Stephen of The Bulgars), which was totally made of cast iron in Austria, in the name of Saint Stephen, was brought to Istanbul by the river Danube and constructed in one night by the special permission of the Ottoman Sultan.
The Valens Aqueduct (Roman Aqueduct)The surviving section is 921 metres long, about 50 metres less than the original length is a Roman aqueduct which was the major water-providing system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constantinople(modern Istanbul). Completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD, it was maintained and used by the Byzantines and later the Ottomans, and remains one of the most important landmarks of the city.
Note: If required Suleiman the Magnificient Mosque can be added into the itinerary.
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Chora Church museum closed on Wednesdays
Chora Church museum closed on Wednesdays
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