Places to Visit on Istanbul European Side - Kariye Museum, Tekfur Palace, Prision of Anemas, Golden Horn, Balat, Fener, Fethiye Camii, Zeyrek Camii, Aqueduct of Valens, Suleymaniye Camii, Beyazit

Outline

What Kind of Experience?

  • The most interesting and cosmopolitan areas of old Istanbul with Muslims, Christians and Jews
  • Aqueduct of Valens, you will not believe it is a real monument
  • You will feel the spirit of the city while you are walking in Zeyrek and The Women’s Market
  • A magnificent mosque, the Süleymaniye Camii was built by the renowned architect Mimar Sinan
  • Kariye Museum, Tekfur Palace and the Prison of Anemas will remind you the Byzantine era and culter
  • Fener, Balat; you won't want to get out of here
Itinerary

–    Kariye Museum, Tekfur Palace, Prision of Anemas, Golden Horn,  Balat, Fener, Fethiye Camii, Zeyrek Camii,  Aqueduct of Valens,  Suleymaniye Camii, Beyazit

–    Departure Time: 9:00 am

–    Meet up your friendly guide at departure point

Places to visit on Istanbul European side

One of the leading places to vist in Istanbul European side, Kariye Museum once was a church of Byzantine (the chuch of St Saviour in Chora). Its interior is decorated  with  a superbly preserved series of frescoes and mosaics.  It has been built on the site of a much older church far from  the centre; hence, “in chora”, meaning “in the country”.

Golden Horn, Tekfur Palace and Prision of Anemas

Magnificant views of Golden Horn and the Bosphorus can be seen while walking from Kariye Museum toward Tekfur Palace and beyond. Tekfur Palace of the Porphyrogenitus is the only structure remaing from the complex of the Blachernae Palace which was the residence of the Byzantine royal family.

Fener and Balat

Fener and Balat are known for their characteristic, cute old houses and historical churches. These neighborhoods are maybe the most complicated ones of the city, and also they have  a rich history which is also fascinating. They have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.  When wandering in the area, the roads will start to get narrower and labyrinthine.   There are different communities and religions at these districts; hence, various architectural styles, religious monuments, delicious foods, street arts and antique auction rooms will welcome you.

The Greek Orthodox College,  in other words “red school” is the oldest surviving and most prestigious Greek Orthodox School in Istanbul. The great, magnificent and red-brick building dominates the hill of Fener.  Furthermore, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is located in the neighbourhood, and it is one of the most important places for Christianity.

 Fethiye Camii, also known as the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, is one of the most famous Byzantine churches of Istanbul.  During Turkish Rebublic, frescoes and mosaics inside were uncovered and it became a museum.

 Zeyrek Camii, which was once the Byzantine Monastery of Christ Pantokrator, was the second largest church of the Byzantine period after Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.  The floor tiling, which was discovered during restoration, is one of the peerless patterns  of that type of decorative art.

Aqueduct of Valens 

You will reach the Aqueduct of Valens by passing through the Women’s Market, which is a very lively place where local products are sold. Aqueduct of Valens stands right there, as a living proof of history which had been the major water-providing system of the city since Eastern Roman Empire.

 Sveti Stefan Church (the Bulgarian Church of St. Stephen) is on the banks of the Golden Horn, and  famous for being built entirely of iron and for its rich interior adornments.

Suleymaniye Camii 

Suleymaniye Camii, better known as the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, was built by the great architect Mimar Sinan upon the request of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient.  It was set on the third hill of the city, and so it dominates the Golden Horn  and more importantly, it is one of the most important elements that make up the city’s skyline.

The Mosque was built as a part of a great social compound including a hospital, primary school, hamam (Turkish bath), a caravanserai (lodge for traveling tradesmen), medrese, a library, medical college and a public kitchen (to serve food for the poor). The settlement combined Islamic and byzantine architectural  factors.

The Sultan and his genius architect, Mimar Sinan aimed to rival the immensity of Hagia Sophia. Although not as large as Ayasofya, the Süleymaniye exceeds it in feelings of light and openness.

Sultan Suleyman, his wife Hurrem, and architect Sinan have their own mausoleums within the site as well.

Beyazit

Beyazit Square is in the below neighborhood of the Suleymaniye Mosque.  The square,  also called Freedom Square,  is the wide area in front of Istanbul University’s huge and main  gate. The history of the place started 1700 years ago as the site of the Forum of Theodosius built by Constantine the Great.

Beyazit Square also  is next to the Grand Bazaar and the Old Book Bazaar (Sahaflar Çarşısı). Beyazit Camii is located here too.

What’s Included
  • Private guide to feel the story and city like a local
  • All entrance fees included
  • Headsets when attendees are more than 8 persons
What’s Excluded
  • Lunch / Delicious, healty and affordable turkish style places will be recomended in the neighbourhood.
  • Gratuities
  • Private transportation

–          Name, number  and country are  required at time of booking for all participants

–          We’ll send you complete details and directions with public transportation, by taxi or  walking for   departure point.

–          Children must be accompanied by an adult

–          Dress code is free. However, cover ups and head scarves are provided at the mosques

–          Stroller accessible

–          The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

–          Please wear comfortable walking shoes

–          At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

–          This tour will have maximum  12 to15 attendees

–          Duration  of the  tour is  about 8 hours, but it might take a bit longer during peak season like summer time or special holidays

Change & Refund Policies

–          Free cancellation at least 2 days before the departure time of the event

–          Cancellations made after 2 days before the time of the tour  will be exposed  a cancellation fee of 50%

–          To change the type of tour  you can cancel and book again an other one

           Age                           Per person

–          Adult (15+)               EUR 50/ USD 45

–          Child (6 to 15)          EUR 25/ USD 22.5

–          Infant (0 to 6)          Free

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