Bosphorus Cruise, Cable Car to Pierre Loti Cafe, Rustem Pasa Mosque, City Wall of Constantinople, Chora Church ( Kariye Museum ), Suleymaniye Mosque.
This is a boutique tour with a maximum of 14 participants.
After pick up at around 08:30 from either your hotel or the Istanbul cruise port, you will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional guide:
Cable Car to Pierre Loti: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the famous French writer and naval officer, Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti (1850 -1923), who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul.
Bosphorus Cruise: We will cruise on the Bosphorus to allow you the prime perspective from which to view the
fine palaces, pavilions, Ottoman houses and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea.
Rumeli Fortress (From the sea): The largest fortification for the protection of Istanbul built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1451 before his conquest of the city. This garrison is well preserved and its towers and walls can be seen clearly as our boat passes by.
Rustem Pasha Mosque: This majestic and surprising little mosque was designed by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha who had married Princess Mihrimah, one of the daughters of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Its construction took place from 1561 to 1563. The mosque is famous for its exquisite tiles from Iznik that are set in beautiful floral and geometric arrangements and which cover not only the facade of the porch but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, and columns of the interior.
A nice luncheon will be served 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.
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