Departure from your hotel with your guide and proceed to visit following places during your private tour.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque – Camii) built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I during 1609-1616. It is the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets. Due to its magnificent hand-dyed blue, green and white Iznik tiles it has been named the “Blue Mosque” by Europeans. The central dome is 43 m in height and is 33.4 m in diameter; it also boasts 260 windows.
Topkapi Imperial Palace & Holy Relics Room (Topkapi Sarayi) was the imperial residence and administrative heart of the massive Ottoman Empire, beginning with Fatih Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, in 1453, until 1856. It was converted to a museum in 1924. Parts of the palace such as the Holy Relics Room , Harem, Baghdad Pavilion, Revan Pavilion, Sofa Pavilion, and the Audience Chamberdistinguish themselves with their architectural assets. The museum also has collections from the Imperial Treasury, as well as Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, etc. The Treasury also houses the Topkapi Dagger, the 86-carat “Spoon Maker’s Diamond“, and the jewel-encrusted bones of St. John the Baptist.
Pavilion of the Holy Mantle and Holy Relics ; The Privy Room (Has Oda) was constructed in the Inner Courtyard in the time of Sultan Mehmed II (r. 1451–81) to serve as the private apartments of the sultan, for which purpose it was used until the middle of the 16th century. Prior to their accession to the throne, the sultans would come to this room to pray and receive homage from the Privy Room officials before leaving for the ceremony.
The Eyup Sultan Mosque was the first mosque built by the Ottoman Turks after their conquest of Constantinople in 1453. This important complex marks the supposed burial place of Ebu Eyup el-Ensari, a friend of the Prophet who fell in battle outside the walls of Constantinople while carrying the banner of Islam during the Arab assault and siege of the city (AD 674 to 678). His tomb is Istanbul’s most important Islamic shrine. Need to be careful to observe Islamic proprieties when visiting, as this is an extremely sacred place for Muslims, ranking fourth after the big three: Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. It’s always busy on weekends and religious holidays.
The Suleymaniye Mosque crowns one of Istanbul’s seven hills and dominates the Golden Horn, providing a landmark for the entire city. Though it’s not the largest of the Ottoman mosques, it is certainly one of the grandest and most beautiful. It’s also unusual in that many of its original kulliye (mosque complex) buildings have been retained and sympathetically adapted for reuse. Commissioned by Suleyman I, known as ‘the Magnificent‘, the Suleymaniye was the fourth imperial mosque built in İstanbul and it certainly lives up to its patron’s nickname. The mosque and its surrounding buildings were designed by Mimar Sinan, the most famous and talented of all imperial architects. Sinan’s turbe (tomb) is just outside the mosque’s walled garden, next to a disused medrese (seminary) building.
The Fatih Mosque Complex in Istanbul has a lovely interior like many Turkish mosques, but the primary importance of this mosque is its illustrious permanent resident, Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih Mehmet). The Fatih was the first great imperial mosque built in İstanbul following the Conquest. Mehmet the Conqueror chose to locate it on the hilltop site of the ruined Church of the Apostles, burial place of Constantine and other Byzantine emperors. Mehmet decided to be buried here as well; his tomb is behind the mosque and is inevitably filled with worshippers.
The Yeni Cami Mosque is located in the Eminonu neighborhood of Istanbul, right next to the Spice Market and Galata Bridge at the entrance of the Golden Horn.With a total of 66 domes and two soaring minarets, Yeni Camii or New Mosque is one of the hallmarks of the Istanbul skyline. Located in a tourist and commercial hub, the area surrounding Yeni Camii is typically mobbed with both human and animal visitors; several bird seed vendors encourage a healthy population of resident pigeons around the mosque’s exterior. Its interior is resplendent with carved marble and a colorful array of Iznik tiles.
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