Having built in the 17th century just across Hagia Sophia by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior of Blue İznik tiles.
This labyrinth of streets and passages include more than 4.000 shops which have their own trade areas; The goldsmith’s market, carpet sellers, Turkish art and crafts such as hand-made copper goods, brass jewels and boxes, onyx jewels and meerschaums.
The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippdrome with its four monuments: The German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius,the bronze serpenite column and the column of Constantine.
The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from 15th century to 19th century, which houses an exquisite collection of precious
gems, thrones of sultans made of jewelery, robes worn by the sultans and their families,and miniatures, the Holy Mantle
Chamber of Sacred Relics.(Harem is not included in the programme due to additional entrance fee.)
(Ayasofya in Turkish) is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 to 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and a seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, except the period between 1204 and 1261, when it was transformed into a Roman Catholic Cathedral during the Latin Empire Period. The building served as a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was secularized and opened as a museum on
1 February 1935.
Egyptian Spice Market
Egyptian Spice Market is located behind Eminönü and next to New Mosque and the Flower Market.It is one of the oldest bazaars of Istanbul. This market is still famous for its natural medicines, spices, flowers, seeds,roots, and bark of rare plants as well as of products according to ancient tradition, nuts, charcuterie, various food items are sold.
Egyptian market is also open on Sundays.
Please contact concierge for further information.
Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesday. Instead, Archeology Museum or Islamic Arts Museum may be visited.