Istanbul Ottoman Experience: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque
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Your day will begin with a tour of the beautiful Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The interior of the Mosque is full of blue tiles that transform the light blue. This is why the Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque. The Mosque has 260 windows and its chamber is made with 20,000 Iznik tiles.
Your next stop will be at the Topkapi Palace. This is one of the oldest palaces in the world and is full of heirloom treasures and elegant chambers. The palace is located on the Golden Horn coastline. The Golden Horn is full of historical aspects and provides a beautiful view of the city.
From the Topkapi Palace, you will head to the Hippodrome, the political and sporting center of Constantinople. Learn about the life of the people in the area during the Ottoman Empire. You will also see the Meydani (horse grounds) and the Obelisk. Discover how the ancient Obelisk was transported from Egypt to Constantinople during the 4th century.
The Blue Mosque - More than Just Beautiful
The Blue Mosque is one of the greatest structures in the world. It was constructed by one of the students of the famous Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, and is a mammoth of beauty with 260 glass windows. However, it’s the 12,000 blue tiles decorating the interior that give the mosque its name. The tiles were brought from Iznik, an area known for producing quality ceramic tiles during the Ottoman Empire. The Blue Mosque features both Byzantine and Ottoman styles and stands out for its six minarets. The mosque was visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 and by Pope Francis in 2014.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.