- 21/09/2017 at 10:55 am #8820
Tour Name: Chora Church, City Walls, Pierre Loti & Golden Horn Tour
Tour Price: 49 Euro
One of the most unique and original tours to discover the ancient wonders of Istanbul takes you to some marvelous places that are usually missed by regular tourists, being located outside regular tourist flow or overlooked by tour operators. With millennia of troubled and fascinating history, Istanbul is one of the most impressive tourist destinations in the world. At the heart of the city, there are the historic monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman heritage. This tour, unlike any other ever operated in Istanbul, will take you to the heart of the city, where you can discover pieces and moments from the daily life of Istanbul local people, a unique ethical and cultural mix. These more unusual and hidden monuments of Istanbul will feature the Chora Church, the city walls, Pierre Loti Hill, and many other spotlights. The Excursion includes professional tour guidance, entrance fees, and transportation to the sites mentioned below.
We will pick you up from your hotel at about 8:30 AM for the Istanbul City Tour, so make sure you get ready and prepared for the action. We will first stop at the Yedikule Dungeons that are located within the city walls. These dungeons have a terrifying past, being used as torture chambers and prison cells both by the Byzantines and the Ottomans. Several torture instruments, as well as cells and wells still remain for tourists to see.
Our journey through unknown Istanbul continues along the city walls, reaching one of the oldest and most important churches of Istanbul – Chora Church. It is also considered one of the most beautiful examples of Byzantine religious architecture, with one of the most impressive interiors, with beautiful mosaics and paintings. On the exterior, even if the church is small, it has six domes. Located on the outskirts of the city, the area of the church is particularly welcoming, giving you a great chance to discover local artisans and traditional wooden houses.
Pierre Loti Hill
To catch a breath from visiting all these historic and archaeology gems, we will stop for a break on the Pierre Loti Hill – named after a French poet. From here, a breath-taking panorama of old Istanbul and the Golden Horn opens up. It is a great moment to meditate on the beauty of this unique city over a cup of coffee or tea.
Continuing the tour along the shores of the Golden Horn, we will pass through Fener and Balat, two neighborhoods where old Greek and Jewish people used to live. We will make a stop for a visit at the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, located in the Church of St. George. It is the highest religious see for the Orthodox population of the world today. The history of the Patriarchate during the Ottoman period dates back to the era of Fatih Sultan Mehmed. Our unforgettable journey will end around noon, driving through the Golden Horn Bridge into Sultanahmet.
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