Position straddling both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a melting pot of Eastern and Western civilizations. The famous Bosphorus Strait divides this culturally rich city into an Asian side and European side, both full of deep-rooted diversity. You are able to Discover Uskudar and Kadikoy like a local with Istanbul Asian Side Tour which is one of the Istanbul Daily City Tours.
Explore the Asian side of Istanbul on this tour that is a wonderful combination of strolling and a boat trip across the Bosphorus.
You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel and transfer to one of the stations of Marmaray on the European side of Istanbul. You will travel with your guide on a modern train to reach Uskudar Marmaray Station and enjoy a walking tour of the charming Ottoman district, full of historic mosques and complexes.
Visit the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, named and made for the favorite daughter of Suleyman the Magnificent. The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque is one of Uskudar’s best-known landmarks. It is the first of two mosques built by Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and wife of Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha. It was designed by Mimar Sinan and built between 1546 and 1548. It is a massive structure on a raised platform and already shows several hallmarks of Sinan’s mature style : a spacious, high-vaulted basement, slender minarets, a single-domed baldacchino flanked by three semi-domes ending in three exedrae and a broad double portico. Mihr-î-Mah means Sun and Moon.
Explore the lively fish market and continue on to Mimar Sinan’s Baths and the Yeni Valide Mosque, Kulliye of Aziz Mahmud Hudai, and Ayazma Mosque.
The Yeni Valide Mosque (Turkish: Yeni Valide Camii) is an 18th century Ottoman mosque in the Uskudar district of Istanbul, Turkey. It was built between 1708 and 1710 on the iskele (pier) road by Emetullah Rabi’a Gulnus Sultan, mother of Sultan Ahmed III. The main part of the building is square-shaped and covered with a flattened main dome and four half domes. The mosque has two minarets with two balconies each. Calligraphy inside the mosque is the work of Hezarfen Mehmet Efendi.
Aziz Mahmud Hudayi (1541–1628), is amongst the most famous sufi ermis (Muslim saint) of the Ottoman Empire. He was a mystic, poet, composer, author, statesman and Islamic scholar. He completed his studies in a medrese in Istanbul. He was the Sheikh of Sultan Ahmed I who constructed the famous Blue Mosque and especially gained the respect of Sultan Murat III. He read the first Friday prayer in this Mosque on its opening. His dua, “Those who visit us when we are alive, and those who visit our grave after our death and read the Fatiha when passing by our tomb are ours. May those who love us not drown at sea, may they not suffer poverty in their old age, may they not pass away without saving their faith,” has prompted many sailors of the Ottoman Empire to visit his grave before going out to sea.
Aziz Mahmud Hudayi died in Uskudar, Istanbul and is buried next to his mosque.
After local lunch we will visit Kadikoy, historically known as Chalcedon. Hear why this lively area was once known as chalcedon or the “city of the blind,” and stroll along the waterside to admire the historical buildings near the Bosphorus. Delve into the cobbled lanes and churches behind the quayside, wander through Kadıkoy’s famous fish market, and explore the trendy district of Moda with its popular tea shops, tattoo parlors and restaurants. Afterward, board a ferry for a 20-minute ride across the Bosphorus back to the European side. Soak up the views of Europe and Asia as you cruise, before finish the tour.
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