Byzantine Wonders Tour gives visitors the chance to explore the majestic examples of the Byzantine architecture, engineering and mosaic art at its climax. You will admire the jaw-dropping 6th century architectural grandeur of Hagia Sophia Museum, get a sense of old Constantinople at the Byzantine Hippodrome of chariot races, discover the perception of Christianity in the Eastern Church of 14th century at the Kariye (Chora) Museum (The Church of St. Savior in Chora) and appreciate the extraordinary skills of Byzantine mosaics artists of the 6th century at the Great Palace Mosaic Museum (Istanbul Mosaic Museum), discover the engineering at the Underground Cistern (Basilica Cistern).
Also known as the The Hippodrome of Constantinople was the historical venue for the ancient chariot races and sportive activities as well as political events of the Byzantium history, decorated with the Serpent Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius (Egyptian Obelisk), The Constantine Column (or the Walled Obelisk). Today the area of the Hippodrome square is known as the Sultan Ahmet Square (Sultan Ahmet Meydani in Turkish).
The Underground Cistern of Basilica, rumored to have been built by 7000 slaves, during the Byzantine era, in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, covers more than 9000 square meters, and it is the 336 marble columns and the upside down heads of Medusa that attract admiration. And, of course, it is yet another exotic and interesting place included in a couple of major motion pictures: the James Bond film (From Russia with Love), a late film (The International) and a popular video game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.
The cathedral of Holy Wisdom or Divine Wisdom, Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), served as a church between 562-1054 (until the East-West Schism), Eastern Orthodox Church between 1054-1204, Catholic Church Cathedral between 1204-1261, again as Eastern Orthodox Cathedral between 1261-1453, then as an Imperial Mosque between 1453-1617. Hagia Sophia has been a museum since 1935. Being famous for its massive dome, impressive icons and mosaics are remarkable works of Byzantine art and gives a truly celestial feeling to its visitors.
Also known as Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Great Palace Mosaic Museum is located very close the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and houses mosaics from the Byzantine period which were used to decorate the pavement of the courtyard of a peristyle court. The mosaics were unearthed during the excavations at the site of the Great Palace of Constantinople.
Visit the Top 5 popular Istanbul attractions in 1 day. Explore Istanbul’s Old City classics; Topkapi Palace Museum, the Hippodrome Monuments (Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column & Constantine’s Column), Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) Museum, The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), the Grand Bazaar.
A full day Istanbul tour for exploring mainly the Ottoman architecture and the Ottoman history from 1453 to the 19th century. Visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, the Suleymaniye Mosque, We finalize the tour at the world famous Grand Bazaar.
See Istanbul from difference angles. Visit 19th century Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar), Rustem Pasha Mosque, get a 360 degrees look at old and new Istanbul from the Galata Tower, walk over the picturesque Galata bridge, and see Istanbul from the sea while on the Bosphorus Cruise tour.