chora church , Istanbul ,Balat
Taking its name from the shape of the Bosphorus inlet, the Golden Horn boasts some of Istanbul’s must-see sites and eclectic neighborhoods. On this full-day, fully-guided tour, we visit the Walls of Constantinople, Chora Church, Süleymaniye Mosque, the Egyptian Market (Spice Bazaar), and explore the colorful streets of the Fener and Balat districts.
- We can tailor this private tour considering your dates and interests .
- You can book this tour with ”pay on tour” option paying only 20 percent life time deposit.
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Ground transportation via a private, air-conditioned vehicle are included.
We will pick you up from your hotel between 08:30-09:00 to begin a fully-guided, private tour of the following highlights:
Walls of Constantinople: Initial construction of this series of defensive walls began in the 4th century by order of Constantine the Great. Having been modified over the years, they now make up one of the most complex defensive systems ever built.
Chora Church: This Byzantine church was originally erected as part of a monastery complex outside the Walls of Constantinople. Its fabulous mosaics and frescoes are one-of-a-kind in this area of the Old City.
Süleymaniye Mosque: This mosque was built by order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent), who employed the talents of the architectural genius, Mimar Sinan. Construction began in 1550 and finished in 1558.
Egyptian Market (Spice Bazaar): The Egyptian Market (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish) is so called because it was built using revenues from the Ottoman state of Egypt in 1660. The word mısır has a double meaning in Turkish: ”Egypt” and “maize.” This is why the name is sometimes incorrectly translated as ”Corn Bazaar.” The bazaar was (and still is) the center for the spice trade in Istanbul, however in the last few years shops of other types have opened here as well.
The tour finishes around 16:30.
Note: Chora Church is closed on Wednesdays; If your tour falls on this day, we will visit the Panorama 1453 History Museum instead.
Phanar Greek Orthodox College ,Istanbul
Chora Church Fresco Details