Let us start by introducing you to Istanbul’s most incredible classics. Our driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the tour’s starting point between 07:45 - 08:30 according to your hotel’s location. The first stop will be the heart of the Old City: Sultanahmet Square.
In this tour you will see three of the most important attractions in Istanbul: the Hippodrome, which was once the social center of Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, with its beautiful hand painted tiles and Hagia Sophia: one of the greatest masterpieces ever built.
The tour ends with a visit to Caferaga Medresesi, where you will see the incredible art of Ebru. You will fall in love with Istanbul istantly.
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- Pick up & drop off from/to your hotel (only from Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels)
- Personal expenses
Architecture / History & Archaeology / Religion / Art
*You can combine that tour with all morning tours.
Hagia (St.) Sophia
Everyday / Half Day Morning Tour
Hagia (St.) Sophia
One of the greatest marvels of architecture, Hagia Sophia was founded as a basilica in the 6th century. Built by the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After being considered the Patriarchal Basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmed II, The Conqueror, which led to adding the minarets, tombs and fountains.
In 1935 it was turned into a museum by Atataürk, and that’s how it remains nowadays.
Facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and its unique six minarets, the Blue Mosque was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. This is the last great imperial mosque of the classical period. The name for which is commonly now known, “Blue Mosque”, comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.
Hippodrome of Constantinople
It’s a former center of sportive events (chariot races, for example) and political activities of the old city. The Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments that you can find and learn more about while visiting the Hippodrome.
Caferaga Madrasa (Closed on Mondays);
The Madrasa, a building usually used to teach the theory of İslam, offers several handicraft workshops including the marbling (‘Ebru’) - a popular Turkish art, painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. If you are more into music, you can learn to play: reed flute (‘Ney’), guitar and lute (‘Ud'). Caferaga Medresesi is popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts.
- 30 Euro per person
* Please contact us for group or any other applicable discounts.