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This tour takes place in the heart of the historical center of Istanbul
• Roman Hippodrome, Sporting and social center of ancient Constantinople, now preserved only three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, brought from Egypt, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine, originally covered with bronze plaques.
• Blue Mosque, the only mosque in the city with six minarets and famous for its wonderful blue tiles.
• The most famous monument in Istanbul is the Hagia Sophia, built in the sixth century and was for centuries the greatest church in Christendom. Later converted into a mosque and now a museum, preserves the best examples of Byzantine mosaics. It is universally raved about as one of the best tourist attractions in the world.
Don’t forget to look up and ogle the famous dome – 98 feet in diameter.
• Underground Cistern, consisting of 336 impressive columns, It was where the water was stored for the Imperial Palace.
• The Grand Bazaar, with almost 4.000 shops is one of the largest covered markets in the world where you can find everything, from gold jewelry to handmade Turkish ceramic or carpet.
• Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and that it is replaced by Spice Bazaar. The Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and that is replaced by Little Hagia Sophia (Sergius ve Bacchus Church)