Duration: 4 Hours+ more details
- Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
- Guide and Air-conditioned Vehicle
- 0-3 Years Old Child free of Charge
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- V.A.T. (%18 sales tax)
- 4-6 Years Old Child Discounted % 50
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Topkapi Palace We begin our tour at Topkap› Palace*, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the
fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkap› Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the
Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the
loveliest feature of Topkap› Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is
easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.
Last but by no means least,
Rustem Pasha Mosque we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent, it has the most
exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul. Then large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful
floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.
was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century.
In the early 1850s, the palace became inadequate to the requirements of state ceremonies and protocol, and so the sultans moved to Dolmabahçe Palace, located on the Bosphorus.
Rustem Pasha Mosque
The Rüstem Paşa Mosque was built by a famous Croatian, Rüstem Pasha (1500-1561), one of the Grand Viziers of the Ottoman Empire and married to the daughter of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Mihrimah Sultan. In 1561, it was designed by Mimar Sinan ("Sinan the Architect") for Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha using a style that is very different from the simplicity of Sinan the Architect and that period. Iznik tiles are the decorative elements that zoom out from the simplicity of the mosque.
The historical mosque was located on an uphill road that the Uzun Çarşı connected to the seaside in the Eminonu district. Presently, the location of the mosque is in the middle of a congested area. It was built on the former site of Hacı Halil Mescid with a size of 40 meters by 40 meters square. The ceiling of the mosque contains a central dome, the diameter of which is 15.50 meters and is surrounded by full and half-domes that provide support to the central dome.