Half day Morning Tour
HIPPODROME, The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four
monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEDOSIUS,
the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by
the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior
decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
St. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and
reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
GRAND BAZAAR(COVERED MARKET) In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more
than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers,
Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and
trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
St. Sophia on Monday / Replaced with Underground Cistern
Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday.