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Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town
"Tour stars with pick up from your hotel. You will visit Hagia Sophia Museum firstly. Built in the 6th century AD and then converted into a mosque in 1453 it was the first large domed building of the world and religious focal point of the Orthodox Church for 1000 years. You will be informed about its history by your expert local guide and you'll admire its unique decoration from Byzantine and Turkish peri your guide will also take you to the upper galleries. Later you'll enjoy a short walk across to Blue Mosque which owes its fame to the exquisite blue Iznik Tiles adorning its interior walls. Hippodrome is next to here. Here you will see the Egyptian Obelisk and the Snake Column from the ancient Roman Empire which you will see the German Fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2 and enjoy the stories of his liaison with the orient.Finally you will go to the exciting Grand Bazaar. Following the introduction by your guide at Turkey’s biggest oriental carpet export center you will have some free time to browse its 1200 spice and gold shops. If time permits you'll have a short stop at an Istanbul leather wholesaler firm. After the tour
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Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour
"The group tour starts with the visit to Saint - Sophia Church (Church Of The Holy Wisdom): Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus St. Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture; after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople it was covered into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and into a museum by Ataturk in 1935. Mosque Of Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque): Built in 1609 it is - with its 6 minarets facing Ayasofya- the last great imperial mosque of the classical period; its name comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. Hippodrome: It was a horse-racing track and also the spor the Obelisk of Emperor Theodosius and the bronze Serpentine Column are the monuments embellishing the Hippodrome. Topkapi Palace: This extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of Ottoman might for nearly 400 robes weapons
From $71.00
 
Full Day Istanbul Classics and Bosphorus Cruise Tour
"Tour of ""Sultan Ahmet Center"" the heart of the ""Old City"" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.Hagia (St.) Sophia one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Built in the year 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935.Blue Mosque facing Hagia Sophia
From EUR69.00

Hagia Sophia - Ayia Sofia - Ayasofya Tips (297)

Saint Sophie

In my second visit I didn't enter Sainte Sophie, but could appreciate the influence that it had in many constructions around it, and the justice that makes it the central point of Istanbul tourism. ...
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solopes
Apr 17, 2016

Amazing!

It is an absolutely incredible place, but for history lovers it is something really special. We had spent a lot of time researching historical stuff before we went there, but when you go knowing the...
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jpeter
Jan 27, 2016

Mausoleum Sultan III Murad

In 1592 the Mausoleum for Sultan III Mehmed was constructed after a design by architect Davud Aða.The building is one of the largest Ottoman tombs with a hexagon layout, double domes and an exterior...
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pieter_jan_v
Dec 30, 2015

Aya Sofya (Getting in)

After surviving the queue at the entrance it's time to buy a ticket of 20 TL.Directly after the ticket counter is a small café with terrace to prepare yourself for the visit.You enter the Aya Sofya...
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pieter_jan_v
Dec 30, 2015

The Baptistery

Next to the Aya Sofya is the old Baptistery. A small part of the original Byzantine building is still present in one of the corners near the exit of the Aya Sofya.The other parts were converted into...
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pieter_jan_v
Dec 30, 2015

Of course you must go.......

I don't intend to write in detail about this wonderful and ancient building. In my opinion it is an absolute 'must' for anyone visiting Istanbul and, in consequence, you will find hundreds of tips on...
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leics
Oct 04, 2015

Religious fighting

What a lot of history lives in those walls!Most of the best and worst of human story is documented in this church. Several times built and destroyed, the final building, expected to be (and maybe it...
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solopes
Oct 28, 2014

Hagia Sophia

I remember my first visit to this building. I was visiting my boyfriend, later husband, and he was at work, so I went sightseeing on my own. The area around Hagia Sophia, or Ayasofya as the Turks call...
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IreneMcKay
Sep 27, 2014

Church Santa Sofia

Ayia Sofya is the forth biggest Cathedral in the world with its 56m high dome. Once a church, that became a Mosque, and now a Museum: This is one of the most extraordinary building in the history of...
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Avieira67
Jun 16, 2014

Stunning Mosaics and Fascinating Details

We left the Blue Mosque and walked through the beautiful gardens to Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya. Before entering through the Imperial Gate, you come upon the Byzantine Frieze of sheep from AD 415 (stop and...
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Donna_in_India
Mar 16, 2014

One of the most incredible buildings on earth

The history of this monument is interesting and complex. It was built the first time in honour of the Holy Wisdom (in greek Hagia Sophia and in turkish Aya Sofya) by emperor Costantino and then it was...
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xaver
Jan 09, 2014

Ayasofya - interior

The main entrance to Hagia Sophia (Ayasofyia) leads through Imperial gate in the past used only by the Emperor himself. The moment you come inside, you are struck by the immense size of the...
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Jan 05, 2014
 
 
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I must say I am really impressed by the architecture of this mosque. You feel the peace and harmony when you step inside and isolate yourself from the outside world. I had the advantage to visit Blue...
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