Topkapi Palace & Harem : An extensive tour of the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It consists of several exhibition halls, such as the Treasury, the porcelain section, the armory and the rooms devoted to holy relics.
You will enjoy your delicious lunch in a quaint local restaurant.
City Walls Constantinople Initially built by Constantine the Great, the walls surrounded the new city on all sides, protecting it against attack from both sea and land. As the city grew, the famous double line of the Theodosian Walls was built in the 5th century. Ultimately the city fell from sheer force of Ottoman forces on 29 May 1453 after a 6-week siege.
The Chora Church ( Kariye Muzesi )was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Its fabolous Byzantine mosaics, is set apart from the other major sights in the north-western corner of Old Istanbul.
Suleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent) “was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Mimar Sinan”. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558.
This “vast religious complex called the Süleymaniye… Standing unmissably proud on the Istanbul skyline, the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the city’s largest and most beautiful mosque complexes, the burial place of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent and his wife Roxelena.
Please note that the order in which sights are visited may vary.
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