Byzantine Architecture And The Grand BazaarExplore > Turkey > Istanbul > Byzantine Architecture And The Grand Bazaar
Visit two of Istanbul's most important Byzantine buildings, as well as the famous Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, is the largest city in Turkey, and considered by some to be the most important.
After meeting up with your official Turkish guide at the pier (or your hotel), you will continue to the Old City of Istanbul. Istanbul was once known as the capital of the East Roman Empire, and this tour will show you the most important relics of Byzantine architecture.
Begin by visiting Chora Church, built by Emperor John Comnenus. After Hagia Sofia, Chora Church is the most interesting Byzantine church in Istanbul. It is known for its impressive golden mosaics, as well as its massive dome.
Continue on to Byzantine Cistern, also built by Emperor John Comnenus for the purpose of storing water against the threat of siege. The cistern features a forest of Roman columns, and you will find no other structure with such architecture any place else in the world. It is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that still lie beneath the city.
Your last stop will be the Nur-u Osmaniye district, where the Grand Bazaar is located. Here you will have the chance to shop for the handmade, fine quality souvenirs that Istanbul is famous for.
- All entrance fees are included in the price of this tour. The cost of meals, drinks, and/or any other extras is not included.
- Please note: The Chora Church is closed on Wednesdays, and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Days offered: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday