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 converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. The Conqueror and into a museum by Atatürk in 1935.
MOSQUE OF SULTANAHMET (BLUE MOSQUE ) :
Built in 1609 , it is-with its 6 minarets facing Ayasofya- the last dreat imperial mosque of the classcal period; its name comes from the 20.000 marvellous bue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.
It was a horse- racing track an also the sporting and social center of the Byzantine Empire; the German Fountain, the Obelisk of Empero Theodosius and the bronze Serpentine Column are the monuments embellishing the Hippodrome.
TURKISH & ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM :
Originally built in 1524 as the palace of Ibrahim Pasha – Grand Vizier and brother-in-law of Sultan Soliman the Magnificient, it is now a museum presenting notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, rugs as well as ethnographic displays of various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups.
TOPKAPI PALACE :
This extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of Ottoman might for nearly 400 years. The buildings are a ypical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robe, weapons, shields, armors, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphicmanuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures an jewellery.
GRAND BAZAAR :
The largest covered market in the World with more than 60 streets and 4,000 shops, were you may find in an authentic oriental atmosphere all kind o gifts, leather clothing, rugs and kilims, antiques,jewellery,hand-woven fabrics etc…
Monday : St.Sophia,Turkish & Islamic Arts museum
Tuesday : Topkapi Palace, Sunday: Grand Bazaar
Transportation, English speaking Guidance, Museums and Entrance Fees & Lunch.