Istanbul: Ottoman Visions Half Day Tour
- 4.5 Hours
- 4.5 Hours
- On request
In the afternoon, meet with your guide at the hotel lobby.
Start the visits with Rustem Pasha Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for the grand vizier Rustem Pasha (the husband of one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent by Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana), Mihrimah Sultan). Rustem Pasha died in July 1561 and the mosque was built after his death from around 1561 until 1563. The mosque complex hosts now a religious school.
Continue to visit Topkapi Palace, built by Sultan Mehmet II after the conquest of Istanbul in 15th century. The palace housed the 25 Ottoman Sultans and their exotic entourage until mid 19th century. In 1924, it was turned into a museum at Ataturk’s request. The Palace surrounded by 5 km of walls, occupies 700,000 sq. meters at the tip of the historical peninsula.
The complex is a group of structures which incorporates works from successive periods of Ottoman reign. It is a classical example of Ottoman palace architecture. It consists of three shaded courtyards each serving a different purpose opening onto one another with monumental gates. The courtyards are surrounded by functional building. From the time of its construction, the palace developed constantly with alterations and additions made by each sultan.
Today the museum displays priceless collections of the imperial treasury, numerous pieces of Chinese porcelain, traditional costumes of the sultans and their families and special section for the preservation of the relics of Prophet Mohammed.
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Departs: 1:30 p.m. - Returns: 6 p.m.