Byzantine and Ottoman Traces

Topkapi Palace
Closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Archaeological Museum)

This extraordinary and full of secrets palace, was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years. The building is a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armours, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.

(The Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entrance fees)

Grand Bazaar 
(Closed on Sunday & replaced with Spice Bazaar)

One of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5.000 shops, where you will find in an authentic oriental atmosphere, all kind of gifts, leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewellery, hand-woven fabrics etc... 

Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant!

Hagia (St.) Sophia
(Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern)

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.

Blue Mosque
(Closed on Friday Mornings because of Friday Pray)

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 Ýslam, offers several handicraft workshops including the marbling (‘Ebru’) - a popular Turkish art, painting, jewellery, 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