Daily Tours: From Istanbul

Highlights: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
Duration: Approx 5 hours

Hagia sophia

Masterpiece of the town, was built by emperor justinian in 537 AD. It is one of the most visited museum in the World today. It was used as a church for 916 years then fatih sultan Mehmet the conquerer converted it into a mosque and was used as a mosque for 482 years. And after the foundation of turkish republic,with the order of mustafa kemal Atatürk and decision of the miniters, hagia sophia was converted into museum in 1935. The current hagia sophia is the third one with its specific,massice and magnificient architecture history and art. It had been called the 8th wonder of the ancient World by the east romans(byzantians).

Blue mosque

The sultan Ahmet mosque in turkish so called blue mosque as well because of the blue and turquise tiles which surrounding the walls of interior. It was built by the order of sultan Ahmet the sultan of the ottomans between 1609 and 1616 years. Its still used to pray and became one of the most popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.

Basilica cistern

So called sunken cistern was built in 6th century during the reign of emperor justinian. There was a great basilica before it was converted into a cistern between 3rd and 4th centuries. 336 columns are surrounded each sides interior and each of them has 9 meters (30ft) heigh. Cistern has capacity to store 100000 tons of water although there is a little water into the cistern that we see.

Grand Bazaar

One of the largest covered markets in the World with 4000 shops and 60 streets and welcomes between 300.000 and 500.000 visitors Daily. Bazaar is so well known for its painted ceramics, carpets, jewellery, spices, souvenirs and antique stores. It was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of 2.Mehmet the conquerer. It has four different main gate and its not hard to get lost thats why its important to keep the name of the gate where you came in and will met with your guide at the same gate

• From /to Hotel and Airport
• Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide
• Entrance fees to the various
• Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle

• Beverages
• Personal expenses
• Tip to driver and tour guide
• Anything unless specified being included

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