1 - SULTANAHMET OTTOMAN EMPIRE SQUARE: Sultanahmet Square is the main square in the historical part of Istanbul, located in the eponymous district of Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet Square consists of two parts - a part of the area between the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and the area where Hippodrome is, where many ancient obelisks have survived till today - Egyptian obelisk and obelisk of Constantine and the Serpent Column that were brought here during the Byzantine period, as well as German Fountain, which was presented to the city and the Sultan Abdul Hamid II Kaiser Wilhelm.
2 - HJURREM SULTAN HAMAM (WITHOUT ENTERING INSIDE HAMAM): Hjurrem Sultan Hamam is located on the central square of Sultanahmet, in the center the historical part of the city of Istanbul, close to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Hamam was built by the world-famous great architect Sinan in the 16th century (1556-1557 yy.), commissioned by his beloved wife of Sultan Suleyman - Hjurrem Sultan (Roxelana) for charitable purposes. Hamam operated until 1910, then it was closed up and was not used till 1980. After this for 28 years, ie until 2008 the room was used as a museum for historical products. After a comprehensive restoration of the building in 2008, the hammam has reopened for the visitors and is still used today.
3 - TOPKAPI PALACE AND THE HAREM: Topkapi Palace was built in 1460-1478 years by order of Mehmed II the Conqueror. Over time the palace was made additions. Until the 1850s, the palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, the control center of the empire, as well as a center of education. Within 400 years, the palace population was about 2,000 people. In the early 1850s, when the Dolmabahce Palace was built on the shores of the Bosphorus, the government center was moved to the new palace. Since the Topkapi Palace was the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, precious treasures, sacred Islamic relics and archives of the empire were kept here. There is also continued to celebrate a variety of celebration. In 1922, after the end of the monarchy, 3 April 1924 Topkapi Palace was declared a museum by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. To date, the Topkapi Palace is still used as a museum. Palace is located in the central area of Sultanahmet, the right side is the Marmara Sea, on the left side - the Golden Horn, and on the front side - the Bosphorus. And on the back of the palace are located Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Square and the Hippodrome
4 - MOSQUE OF SULTAN SULEYMAN (SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE): The mosque was built by the famous architect Sinan in 1550 - 1557 years on the orders of Sultan Suleiman the Lawgiver. The height of the dome of the mosque is 53 meters and the diameter is 26.5 meters. The mosque is located in the historical part of the city, near Vefa district. The four minarets of the mosque meant that Sultan Suleiman Padishah was fourth after the conquest of Istanbul. In the neighboring mausoleums resting himself Sultan Suleyman and his wife Hjurrem Sultan (Roxelana).
5 - THE TOMB OF SULTAN SULEYMAN (10TH EMPEROR OF OTTOMAN EMPIRE): The Mausoleum of Sultan Suleyman is located in religious complex in the Süleymaniye Mosque. Sultan Suleiman ruled the empire for forty-six years and died of natural causes in 1566. Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokollu ordered to mummify the deceased Sultan Suleyman in order to preserve the body. Today, the body of Sultan Suleiman is kept in a mausoleum, built by architect Sinan, next to the mausoleum of Sultan's wife - Hjurrem Sultan (Roxelana).
6 - THE TOMB OF HJURREM SULTAN ROXELANA (WIFE OF SULTAN SULEYMAN): Mausoleum of Sultan Haseki Hjurrem (Roxelana) is located within the Süleymaniye Mosque. Young slavic concubine won the heart of Sultan Suleiman contrary to the traditions and became the wife of the sultan. Hjurrem Sultan died April 15, 1558 at the age of fifty. The mausoleum was built by the architect Sinan one year after her death. During construction the tomb was kept inside the mosque.
7 - GRAND BAZAAR 1461, ONE OF THE OLDEST HISTORICAL COVERED MARKETS: Covered Bazaar, Covered Market, Kapali Charshi, or as also we know Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world, located in the historic part of Istanbul. The area of the buildings is 30 700 square meters, where there are more than 4,000 shops in 66 streets. Grand Bazaar was built in 1453 during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II, just after the conquest of Constantinople. The Grand Bazaar has 18 gates, among them the most important is the gateway Nuruosmaniye and Beyazit Gate.
THIS EXCURSION IS ORGANIZED WITH A CAR
The average duration of excursion is from 6 to 8 hours (you can adjust the time as you wish).
The tour can be done every day.
What will be included in the tour price:
- English-speaking guide
What will not be included in the tour price:
- Entrance fees to all attractions and visited museums
- The cost of transport for excursions