We will start our tour of the Sultanahmet district, center of old town, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus,the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted in to a mosque in 1453,it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old istanbul. It is also very fameus with its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. After Hagia Sophia we visit the Blue Mosque. This famous Mosque takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet 1st in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only mosque with six minarets in the Ottoman empire period.Of these The Hippodrome, an Egyptian obeliks and the Grand Bazaar are the places that ve visit.The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, jewelry,silks,ceramics,icons and leather goods.Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. We will have a lunch break and than we will continue with Topkapi Palace which from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and Baghdad Kioks. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, Including the Spoonmaker's Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent, it has the most exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul. The large quantities of exxquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful flora and geometric designs, as well as the specious central courtyard, make this mosque a must see Istanbul atraction.
Important note: 1)On Tuesdays, when Topkapi Palace is closed, this tour is not offered. 2)On Mondays,when Saint Sophia is closed,we visit the Chora Church,famed for its mosaics.3) Blue Mosque is closed on Friday Mornings.