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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
"Our tour begins at the ancient Hippodrome where thousands of spectators were entertained and kept happy by the chariot races. The historic Sultanhamet Mosque or now known as the Blue Mosque due to its magnificent interior filled with blue Iznik tiles is we will navigate through the labyrinth of streets and passages that are home to more than 3000 shops known as the Grand Bazaar. Make sure you have practiced your bartering skills. After looking Grand Bazaar you will have a chance to rest and you will get to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular Turkish pastry called borek all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah at a favorite local hangout. You will then make your way to one of immediately you feel the energy in the air. Your senses will be filled with bright colors and powerful aromas of the exotic spices that will surround you. Istanbul is a city that has a rich religious history and now is composed of many different religion this church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion. Your day concludes with an old world cultural experience like no other city has to offer. Your churches and synagogues that date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Further to witnessing the local's life thereYou end the tour with a ferry back to Eminonu
From EUR70.00
 
Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus
"Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 3.5-hour evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise under Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. See Istanbul’s illuminat your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.""""Spend your evening in Istanbul cruising around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding through the water your boat follows a route that includes views of Istanbul’s top attractions – all enchantingly illuminated at night. Cruise past the Blue Mosque and Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge while eating drinking and enjoying the show!"title=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+romantic+night+including+dinner&2=Dinner+included&3=Free+drinks+included&4=Hotel+pickup+included
From $50.00
 
Private Istanbul Walking tour
"This walking tour of Istanbul provides a perfect introduction to the city that straddles Europe and Asia.When Istanbul was known as Constantinople it was the capital of the Roman Empire and the wealthiest metropolis in Europe. On this city tour you’ll visit Istanbul’s 4 most important historic sites with a local guide.The Blue Mosque is an iconic monument in both the Turkish and Islamic wor and features 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that provide illumination for its vast inner chamber that is lined with more than 20000 Iznik tiles.In the 6th century the Hagia Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest it was converted to a mosque and later converted into a museum featuring many beautiful Byzantine mosaics.One of the largest and oldest palaces in the world
From $59.00

Hippodrome - Atmaydani Tips (67)

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

This fountain was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm to the Sultan following a visit in 1898 and sits in the hippodrome area. The close relation between the countries lead to the disastrous decision to ally...
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Jim_Eliason
Nov 13, 2016

Hippodrome Wall

One remaining piece of what must have been a fantastic structure, this hippodrome, or stadium for chariot races was built by the Emporer Septimius Severus in AD 203 then extended by Constantine in 324...
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Jim_Eliason
Nov 13, 2016

Just a garden

It's interesting to know that... once... there was a byzantine hippodrome in that place. Nowadays we have a modern garden, with a few old columns: an obelisk brought from Egypt, a spiral column from...
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solopes
Apr 17, 2016

Garden

The touristy centre of Istanbul is a garden that links Hagia Sophia with the blue mosque. Always crowded of people, it is the place where photographers will find that there are no nice pictures from...
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solopes
Apr 17, 2016

The Hippodrome.

We have now reached the really touristy area. Everyone coming to Istanbul will spend some time/hours here, and that's absoloutely right because the Hippodrome is of great historical value and was in...
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Askla
Oct 10, 2015

Hippodrome - the 'Serpent Column'

The 'Serpent Column' stands in between the Walled Obelisk and the Egyptian Obelisk, the three surviving ancient monuments which were once displayed along the 'spina', the central reservation of the...
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leics
Oct 04, 2015

Hippodrome - Walled obelisk

What was once Roman and Byzantine Constantinople's hippodrome (track for horse racing) is now a pleasant park, popular with local families at weekends as well as with tour groups, visitors, hawkers,...
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leics
Oct 04, 2015

History framing history

Facing Sainte Sophie, a large square was a Byzantine hippodrome, now transformed in a gardened avenue. It's highlights (excluded the surrounding marvels) are two obelisks and the ruins of a third one....
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solopes
Oct 28, 2014

Stroll around and take pictures!

The Hippodrome is a place for good photos and walking around. Eat hot chestnuts and drink the hot flavoured milk sold around and generally stroll around the area. There are columns with inscriptions...
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vpas
Dec 13, 2012

HIPPODROME/GERMAN FOUNTAIN

The Hippodrome was a main center of life in Byzantine times. A stadium capable of holding some 100,000 spectators once stood here where now open parks give Istanbul an open living room amidst...
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mtncorg
Nov 15, 2011

Historical Mix

Hippodrome of Constantinople is very ancient place. Today it isn't more than place for walking but some time ago there was chariot racing. There are various monuments from Roman empire: Serpent...
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Huks
Oct 02, 2011

Perfect chill out

After a really long day of running around sites and buildings, it's just great to end up there. An excellent reward for the kids for being so patient, is letting them feed the pigeons. A great...
Dinaelghitany
Sep 10, 2011
 
 
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Things to Do Near Istanbul

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University

Istanbul, as a city with over 13 million people, has a number of universities spread over the two sides of the Bosporus. While there were schools of higher learning in Byzantine Constantinople, the...
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Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi

If you fall into the category of tourists who catalog attractions as must see,then you will definitely have the Grand Bazaar on your list of must see things. To me it was no big deal.Because we had...
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Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is the cylindrical tower with the pointed roof that juts out of the Galata skyline on the Karaköy side of the Golden Horn. Historically the Galata area was populated by the Venetians...
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Bebek Area

In our last year in Istanbul I was sent out to various parts of Istanbul to teach different individuals or in different companies. Once a week I had to teach in Bebek. Bebek is a pretty village on the...
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Beyazit District

"Beyazit State Library" in Istanbul is the first Ottoman state library, opened in 1884 and intended to be a national library. Beyazıt Library is one of the largest libraries in Istanbul, its...
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Fatih Camii - Conquerors' Mosque

Just to the south of the mosque itself we can find the tombs of Mehmet II and his wife Gülbahar. Both of these tombs were completely destroyed in the earthquake 1766 and reconstructed, though on the...
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