From the Golden Age of Byzntine, this once Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the histroy of architecture. It played a very important role in the Byzantine Empire and later as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire. The word “Haqia” in Greek means “Divine” and “Sophia” means “Wisdom”. Divine Wisdom is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom.
The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of istanbul. It is very impressive with is beautiful domes and semidomes, nice courtyards and six slender minarets.
Hippodrome and Obelisks
The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient “Hippodrome”, one of the most famous areas in Byzantine.
Grand Covered Bazaar
The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city.
Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court, It was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school. Dormitories, gradens, libraries, schools, even mosques were at the service of the court. Attached to the palace were diverse imperial societies of artists and craftsmen which produced some of the finest work in the whole empire.
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
Little Hagua Sophia (Kucuk Ayasofya Camii), formerly the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus, is a former Eastern Orthodox church deducated to Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople, later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Today the environment is a a worth seeing natural culture center of the lost Ottoman Arts.Hagia Sophia will be replaced by Yerebatan Cistern on Monday.Blue Mosque will be replaced by Nuruosmaniye Mosque onFriday.Topkapi Palace is clised on Tuesday. Grand Bazaar is closed on sunday. Vehicle will be used only for the necessary part of this tour. So please be prepared for a bit walking during the day.