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Every city has a list of must-see attractions and Istanbul is no different. Delve into the heart of Istanbul’s Old City on this exciting tour to some of the most beautiful landmarks. The city is known for the indelible impact it leaves on visitors courtesy its unparalleled mix of Western and Middle Eastern culture, being the city that literally bridges the European and Asian continents.
Begin by being driven to the nucleus of the Old City: Sultanahmet Square where our first stop is thrilling Hippodrome, an ancient stadium dating back to the Roman times which was originally used for chariot racing and other public events, eventually becoming the social as well as the cultural heart of Constantinople, the scene of riots, palace intrigues, love affairs and horse races throughout Byzantine history.
Next we'll visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its decoration with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. This splendid building with its six minarets has dominated the Istanbul skyline ever since its construction by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. Next head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a cathedral and a mosque, the vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
From here we’ll head to the impressive Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. This sumptuous building houses an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery, royal thrones and vestments as well as wonderful Ottoman-style miniatures. At its peak, the palace was a mysterious city within a city, home to as many as 4,000 people, covering a large area with an extensive shoreline along the Bosphorus.
The tour will end with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways where you will find over 4000 shops and stalls with separate areas for different crafts. This is an ideal place to stock up on traditional Turkish handicrafts such as colourful hand-painted earthenware and hand-burnished copper, brass and onyx.
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