Hippodrome of Constantinopole & Underground Cistern & Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque
Duration of the tour approximately 6 hrs
After your cruise docked to Istanbul port, on your meeting time, your guide will be waiting you in the arrival guest terminal with a sign that your booking name indicated. After he/she welcomes you and after getting on your luxury private van, your unforgetable day in Turkey stop starts.
After having approximately 15 minutes drive(according to the traffic jam depends), you reach to the historical peninsula Sultan Ahmet Square most of the important highlights located such as; Hippodrome of Constantinapole,Hagia Sophia,Underground Cistern,Topkapı Palace,Blue Mosque,Grand Bazaar…
In this tour, the sites where you are going to be guided are kindly indicated below ;
The Hippodrome of Constantinapole ; This area was being used as a square for chariot races, athletic competitions and rebellions in Byzantium Era. After, in the Ottoman Period it was used for executions as well. Nowadays, it’s known as the heart of Sultanahmet where you see the four impressive monuments located; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEDOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE and also most of the important sites are located around this area that makes your day easy as well..
Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish); The name “Blue” actually comes from the exquisite tiles that are over than 20,000 located inside the mosque. The areas above the tiles and the inside of the domes are decorated with paintwork. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets. The architect was a student of Sinan, the greatest architect of classical Turkish architecture. He applied a plan used previously by his master, but on a larger scale. It started to be built in 1609 and was finished in 1616 during the rule of Sultan Ahmed I and with a very good condition still an active mosque by the prayers.
Underground Cistern ; That is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Istanbul which was built by Justinian in the 6 C AD to be used as a reservoir for water storage. The citizens who settled in the vicinity were provided with their daily water requirements from the large round well-like holes opening from the ceiling structure. This cistern is an underground chamber of 138 x 64.6 metres and the large space is broken up by a forest of 336 marble columns, which are aesthetically supported by strong columns and arches.
Hagia Sophia ; Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture that inspires you very much even when you just look from outside. This mystrerious place used to be a church built by emperor Justinian then converted into a mosque and today as a museum attracts a lot of attention by all the visitors..Did you know that Hagia Sophia also mentions in the novel of Dan Brown called Inferno?
You are going to have a bit taste of both the Christian and Islamic effects at this impressive atmosphere…
After you finish your visits in your program, the same way you drive back to port of Istanbul. Ending our services as saying goodbye to our guests with unforgetable memories and with the wishes to welcome them back again…