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"OLD CITY BY WALK" Top 5 Page for this destination Walking Tip by neodue

Walking, Istanbul: 31 reviews and 46 photos

  Hammam of Roxalane by ARCH.SINAN
by neodue

If you come to istanbul and had no time for details doing this walk enough for a small bite for istanbul.Best remarkable sides of the city.

it takes about 2,5Hours/ and about 1,5Miles long route.

This walk explores the heart of the "Old City". Visit the historical and architectural wonders of Istanbul:

Saint Sophia, the church of "Divine Wisdom". This masterpiece of Byzantine architecture built by Justinian in 6th century as the cathedral of Constantinople was the center of the religious life of the Byzantine Empire. For almost five centuries after the Turkish Conquest it ranked first among the imperial mosque of Istanbul. Today it serves as a museum with the unique examples of two religions together.

Blue Mosque, facing Saint Sophia, is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of the city, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.

Hippodrome, was the scene of chariot races and the center of civil activities of Constantinople. Of the monuments which once adorned it, three remain: the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Column of Constantine.

Basilica Cistern, an enormous underground Byzantine Cistern. 336 Corinthian columns support fine brick vaulting.

Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, this 16th-century mosque is one of the most beautiful examples of classical Turkish architecture and is a masterpiece of the architect Sinan. The pulpit and prayer niches are of special interest being covered with beautiful Iznik tiles.

SS. Sergius and Bacchus, the church is a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture. Today, it is known as the “Little Saint Sophia”, because its general plan is a precursor of that of the Great Church of Saint Sophia.

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2007
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